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VOLUME 24 , ISSUE 1 ( January, 2020 ) > List of Articles


May-Thurner Syndrome: A Forgotten Cause of Venous Thromboembolism

Archana Baburao, Ajay Babu, Ankit Pandey

Keywords : Deep vein thrombosis, May-Thurner syndrome, Pulmonary embolism

Citation Information : Baburao A, Babu A, Pandey A. May-Thurner Syndrome: A Forgotten Cause of Venous Thromboembolism. Indian J Crit Care Med 2020; 24 (1):66-68.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-23331

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-06-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; The Author(s).


The annual incidence rates of venous thromboembolism are approximately 1 per 1,000 persons per year in adult population. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) most frequently occurs in the setting of underlying illness, and anatomical abnormalities are rarely considered as an etiology for it. A well-described anatomical cause for DVT is “May-Thurner syndrome” (MTS), which occurs as a result of compression of the left common iliac vein by the overlying right common iliac artery. This syndrome most often affects young to middle-aged women. Pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs very rarely in these patients. Anticoagulation therapy alone is not enough in these patients. We report a case of 27-year-old male who had both left DVT and PE caused by MTS and was treated with endovascular management along with long-term anticoagulation.

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