Embracing Technology in Treating Thrombotic Syndrome

Venous DiseasePost-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) is a medical condition associated with deep venous thrombosis (DVT). Medical research has revealed that more than one-third of patients with DVT develop PTS.

When left untreated, the condition may get worse and lead to severe PTS. Fortunately, technological advancement in the medical field has helped in diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of the syndrome.

Diagnosis

Proper diagnosis is crucial in any medical procedure. The wrong diagnosis may lead to improper treatment methods and worsen the situation. The Villalta PTS scale technology is used to give an assessment of the severity of the symptoms and signs of PTS. It can be used as a binary, continuous or categorical measure to provide reliable, accurate and valid measurements of PTS.

The (clinical, etiologic, anatomic, and pathophysiologic) CEAP classification tool is also used in the diagnosis of chronic intravenous ailments. It combines both scientific and objective findings into various classes of chronic venous disease with subcategories to exemplify relevant, anatomic, and pathophysiologic features.

Prevention

Thromboprophylaxis is recommended in the treatment of PTS and DVT. The technology involves both mechanical and pharmacologic methods of treatment. While the mechanical technique prevents intravenous clots in the lower limbs, the pharmacological method acts by reducing clotting.

Treatment

Treatment of PTS involves compression therapy, medication, and Pharmacological Therapies. The therapies involve chemical treatment where platelet aggregation and phosphodiesterase inhibitors are used to prevent clots in the blood veins. Likewise, intermittent pneumatic compressions (IPC) are used to ease intravenous pressure in patients suffering from PTS. Depending on the severity of the condition, another treatment option for post-thrombotic syndrome is stenting.

Medical remedies such as aescin and rutoside, extracted from the horse chestnut seed reduce the symptoms of PTS. However, such treatment is recommended for short-term treatment of the symptoms.

PTS is a common, miserable, and costly condition that has socioeconomic consequences. Although there it has no single treatment procedure, innovative technological developments have ensured victims are relieved from its effects.

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