Iliac vein compression syndrome, also known as May-Thurner syndrome, is a serious medical condition that affects between 18-49% of people with deep vein thrombosis. Left unmanaged, iliac vein compression syndrome significantly increases your risk of a blood clot or more serious health problems. The vascular and vein experts at Hamilton Vascular in Webster, Sugar Land, Round Rock, Katy, and San Antonio, Texas, specialize in diagnosing and treating iliac vein compression. If you’re concerned about your risk, make an appointment by calling the office nearest you or clicking the online booking tool today.
Iliac vein compression syndrome is a serious medical condition that affects two of the blood vessels that run down your legs. Your blood vessels carry blood to all areas of your body. Your arteries transport blood away from your heart and your veins bring it back.
Some people have arteries and veins that criss-cross. Usually, this isn’t a problem, but if you have iliac vein compression syndrome, it may prevent blood flow.
With iliac vein compression syndrome, your right iliac artery squeezes your left iliac vein where they meet in your pelvis. Because of this pressure, blood cannot flow freely through your left iliac vein.
Over time, this increases your risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a serious blood clot that’s often life-threatening.
Iliac vein compression syndrome affects people of all ages and genders, seemingly at random. It’s normal for your iliac vein and iliac arteries to cross, but their position and placement determine your risk of future problems.
Other factors that may increase your risk of iliac vein compression syndrome include:
You’re also more likely to develop iliac vein compression syndrome if you’ve had children or you have a medical condition that causes your blood to clot.
To diagnose iliac vein compression syndrome, your Hamilton Vascular provider completes a physical exam and reviews your medical history.
Your doctor also orders a series of diagnostic imaging tests, such as an MRI or ultrasound, to get a closer look at the veins and arteries in your legs.
At Hamilton Vascular, the team uses venous stents to treat iliac vein compression syndrome. A venous stent is a tiny mesh cylinder made of metal that pushes your vein open, allowing blood to flow freely.
Your Hamilton Vascular provider inserts your venous stent in-office under local anesthesia. In order to place your stent properly, your doctor uses guided intravascular ultrasound.
If you regularly experience pain or swelling in your left leg, iliac vein compression syndrome may be to blame. Don’t wait to seek treatment. Make an appointment at Hamilton Vascular by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool today.