Why is percutaneous transcatheter treatment indicated for acute or subacute inferior vena cava thrombosis?

Updated: Oct 30, 2020
  • Author: Donald Schreiber, MD, CM; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Acute or subacute inferior vena cava thrombosis that causes at least moderate pelvic congestion, limb symptoms, or compromised visceral venous drainage warrants catheter-directed thrombolysis. Involvement of the suprarenal cava, renal veins, and/or hepatic veins may precipitate acute renal or hepatic failure. Thrombus that involves the upper inferior vena cava may make it impossible to place an inferior vena cava filter for PE prophylaxis.

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