May-Thurner Syndrome

May-Thurner Syndrome is a very rare condition that occurs when the left iliac vein becomes compressed by the right iliac artery.

The left iliac vein brings blood from your left leg to your heart and the right iliac artery carries blood from your heart down the right leg. When compression occurs, it can cause reduced blood flow which increases the risk of DVT and clots.

Symptoms of May-Thurner syndrome

  • Pain
  • Swelling and heat
  • Colour changes in legs
  • Throbbing sensation
  • Bleeding
  • Cramps in legs
  • Occurrence of DVT/clot resulting in chest pain, shortness of breath, increased heart rate
  • Pulmonary embolism

What causes May-Thurner syndrome?

There are a number of causes of May-Thurner Syndrome. Cross over of arteries and veins is normal, however, this cross over does not usually result in compression and reduced blood flow.

  • Being female
  • Oral birth control
  • Just given birth
  • Co-morbidities which increase the risk of clots

Treatment for May-Thurner syndrome

If you are showing symptoms for May-Thurner Syndrome your doctor may order a scan/venogram of your legs. If you are diagnosed with this rare condition you may require the following treatment:

  • Blood thinners
  • Compression stockings
  • Stenting
  • Bypass surgery
  • Other treatments recommended by your specialist

NOTE: The information provided in this article is general information only and does not constitute medical advice. You should consult your health care provider for advice on all medical issues.

Current Medical Negligence/Medical malpractice claims involving May-Thurner syndrome

Garling & Co Lawyers have experienced an increase in cases involving the misdiagnosis of this rare condition in the Wollongong region, and unfortunately, this has resulted in a number of patients undergoing unnecessary stenting of their iliac veins.

Many of our clients are young and there is a high probability of stent failure and ongoing stent related complications in the future.

Garling and Co Lawyers have recently commenced proceedings in Court alleging negligence against a Wollongong vascular surgeon.

If you require any assistance, please contact Garling & Co Lawyers for advice on your claim.

About Matthew Garling

Matthew Garling, Founder of Garling & Co is a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law. He specialises in compensation law and has acted on behalf of thousands of injured people in work accidents, motor vehicle accidents and negligence cases over the last 20 years.

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