About Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Last Updated on Jul 06, 2018
Font : A-A+

Treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep vein thrombosis often requires anticoagulation or blood thinning therapy. Warfarin (Coumadin) is the drug of choice for anti-coagulation.

Advertisement

Superficial blood clots are cured with warm compresses, leg compression, and anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen. Deep vein thrombosis often requires anticoagulation or blood thinning treatment. Anticoagulation prevents further growth and propogation of the blood clot. It also prevents the development of the deadly complication called pulmonary embolism.

Warfarin (Coumadin) is the drug of choice for anti-coagulation. The drug takes some time to initiate its action. Hence a drug called low molecular weight heparin (LMWH, e.g. Enoxaparin) injection is administered at the same time when warfarin tablets are started. It is referred to as a ‘bridge therapy’ that acts when warfarin is getting ready for action. Patients receiving this therapy will have to undergo routine blood tests (prothrombin time or INR (International Normalized Ratio). This is very important. Not all patients are fit for anti coagulant therapy. Bleeding in the brain, major trauma, or recent significant surgery are contra indications.

Advertisement

The technique called thrombolysis or breaking of the clot does not have convincing proofs of efficacy.

Vena Caval Filter: A filter is placed in the major vessel called inferior vena cava. It helps in preventing clots from reaching the heart and lung. The filter is not devoid of complications though.

Surgery is a rare modality used in the management of DVT. People who cannot take anti-coagulation therapy or who developed recurrent blood clots while on anti-coagulant medications may benefit from surgery.

References:

  1. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery, 18th ed.
  2. Bailey & Love Short Practice of Surgery, 25th ed.

Citations   close

Please use one of the following formats to cite this article in your essay, paper or report:

  • APA

    Dr. Nithin Jayan. (2018, July 06). Treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Medindia. Retrieved on May 28, 2022 from https://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/deep-vein-thrombosis-treatment.htm.

  • MLA

    Dr. Nithin Jayan. "Treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)". Medindia. May 28, 2022. <https://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/deep-vein-thrombosis-treatment.htm>.

  • Chicago

    Dr. Nithin Jayan. "Treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)". Medindia. https://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/deep-vein-thrombosis-treatment.htm. (accessed May 28, 2022).

  • Harvard

    Dr. Nithin Jayan. 2021. Treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Medindia, viewed May 28, 2022, https://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/deep-vein-thrombosis-treatment.htm.


Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.

Comments

Nurgul

Does anybody know where is the best place for my mom to have a surgery of deep vein thrombosis? Doctor said she must have an operation but he said in our country is not the best place to do it... He has advised Israel, Russia... what do you think?

josgreg

The article provided a nice graphical view on the disease which was of the more specific on the topic. Diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis To diagnose this condition, you may have to undergo the following tests in an infirmary: >A blood test which is named as D-Dimer is usually done to measure a substance which is responsible for blood clots to break down. If you have negative reading in this test, it tells that you have deep vein thrombosis. http://bit.ly/hMPaJd

Advertisement
Health Topics A - Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z



    Advertisement
    What's New on Medindia
    Monkeypox Outbreak: What it is, How Does it Spread & the Prevention
    Seasonal Allergy Medications
    How to Choose the Best Eczema-Friendly Moisturizer for Children?
    View all
    Advertisement

    Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
    Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

    Most Popular on Medindia

    Blood Donation - Recipients Diaphragmatic Hernia How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Hearing Loss Calculator Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants Drug - Food Interactions Drug Interaction Checker A-Z Drug Brands in India Accident and Trauma Care Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects

    Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

    © All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2022

    This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use