3 Basics About May-Thurner’s Syndrome

May-Thurner’s Syndrome is a rare condition that causes the compression of the venous outflow tract of the left lower extremity which can increase your chance of getting blood clots. If you or one of your loved ones was recently diagnosed with this rare disease, it’s helpful to know a few of the basics. From swelling to genetics, this article will discuss a few of the basics of this rare disease. Read on to learn more.

Swelling Is A Strong Indicator

There are many symptoms of May-Thurner’s disease including leg fatigue, varicose veins, and venous ulceration— however, the symptom that usually leads to a diagnosis of May-Thurner’s is edema and swelling in the legs. If you have started to notice a massive amount of fluid retention and swelling your legs and feet, schedule an appointment with Dr. Heeringa.

Patients With DVT Are More Prone To Getting It

According to National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), May-Thurner’s disease is typically caused by deep vein thrombosis or DVT. As such, one of the best treatments for patients with both DVT and May-Thurner’s is to have a stent surgery performed. During this type of surgery, Dr. Heeringa and his staff will use an ultrasound to diagnose the condition. If he finds that the vein is obstructed, it will be opened back up, and a stent will be placed in it.

It’s Not Influenced By Genetics

Although it’s nice to be able to blame everything wrong with us on our parents, May-Thurner’s Syndrome isn’t one of those things. In fact, there is no genetic link involved with May-Thurner disease— thanks, mom, and dad!

Although uncommon, May-Thurner’s disease is a disease which can cause blood clots around your legs and to your heart. Luckily, with venous stenting from Dr. Heeringa at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists, we can help improve your lifestyle. To learn more about May-Thurner syndrome and treatment options, contact Dr. Heeringa at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists today!