Also known as iliac compression syndrome, May-Thurner Syndrome is a narrowing of the left common iliac vein, a blood vessel located in the pelvic area, by the overlying artery. If not treated, this could result in a blood clot called deep vein thrombosis, which could be life threatening.

Symptoms of May-Thurner Syndrome

About 2 to 5 percent of people who have vein disorders in this area have May-Thurner Syndrome. If you don’t get treatment, you could get pulmonary embolisms, which is a blood-clot that breaks free and travels in the bloodstream and becomes stuck in the lungs.  If you see any of these symptoms below, make sure you contact Skin & Vein Center as soon as possible.

  • Swelling, pain and tenderness in the leg
  • Increased warmth in the leg
  • Redness or discoloration of skin
  • Enlarged veins in the leg

May-Thurner Syndrome Treatment

May-Thurner Syndrome is diagnosed through looking at the lower back and pelvic area by X-rays or ultrasounds. Once your doctor determines if you have May-Thurner Syndrome there are several treatment options she may recommend:

  • Prescribe anti-coagulants or blood thinners
  • Thrombolysis: a catheter is inserted in the vein and the clot-dissolving medication breaks apart the clot.
  • Pharmacomechanical thrombolysis: uses clot-dissolving drugs along with a device that breaks the clot mechanically.
  • Angioplasty: a nonsurgical treatment that widens the veins after the blood clot is dissolved. A small balloon is inflated to stretch the vein open and increase blood flow.

The staff at the Total Skin Center is skilled in treating a wide variety of skin and vein issues. Contact our office located in the Kansas City area  today to learn more about our experienced staff and treatment options.