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Vascular Surgery

100% Blocked Vein

03/15/2011

Question:

I have had 2 DVT`s in my left leg and I also have Lupus SLE and antiphospholipid antibodies. Have had a leg ulcer for 3 years on left let that keeps recurring in same place so sent for venogram as said possibly have May Thurner`s syndrome. They were supposed to also put in a stent but I was told the vein (the one coming down from my heart into my left leg) is 100% blocked so they cannot remove blockage or put in stent. Why can they not remove blockage as seems contradictory to information I have seen on the internet so far?

Answer:

Sometimes an occluded vein can be recanalized and stented but it depends on the extent. Perhaps a second opinion would be in order.

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Response by:

Jean  E Starr, MD Jean E Starr, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Vascular Surgery
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University