Perhaps you are familiar with deep venous thrombosis (DVT). It’s no secret that it is something you should not take lightly.
But, have you ever wondered what is post thrombotic syndrome? Research shows that it is a complication from deep venous thrombosis. It manifests as a chronic and painful swelling and redness in the lower extremities with DVT. The poor blood flow further may cause ulcerations and disability. Also known as post phlebitic syndrome (PPS), about half of patients who had DVT, unfortunately, may also acquire PTS.
What puts you at risk?
The risk factors for PTS is quite similar to DVT since they are of the same source – blood clots. Normally, people who has had deep vein thrombosis will be more at risk to develop post thrombotic syndrome. A recurring DVT, especially on the same leg, is another risk factor. Others include old age (usually above 65 years old), obesity or simply being overweight, and lack of patient compliance during the treatment of DVT.
What are the signs and symptoms of PTS?
Recurring blood clots in the legs, even with as little as one, can be an early sign of PTS. Apart from the pain, redness, and swelling, itchiness and tingling sensation in the legs, feeling heft, muscle cramps, dark discoloration (like brown) of the affected area, and varicose veins can also manifest PTS.
How is it managed and treated?
Some medications and innovative treatments are available to manage the inflammation of the area and the skin ulceration. One popular procedure is the stent implant. Administration of anticoagulants may also reduce blood clots and promote blood flow.
Most patients who are already familiar with DVT or basically any condition that has restricted blood flow might opt for compression stockings. Though it is not as effective with PTS. It is advised that the patient use a higher grade of compression stockings which has more pressure to keep the blood flowing.
Health is wealth. The best cure you can ever have from any condition is still prevention.