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May-Thurner Syndrome

Heart Vascular and Leg Center -  - Vascular Specialist

Heart Vascular and Leg Center

Vascular Specialists & Cardiologists located in Bakersfield, CA

Every year, May-Thurner syndrome accounts for about 600,000 hospitalizations. Fortunately, early diagnosis and treatment can prevent complications and improve your overall quality of life. At Heart Vascular and Leg Center in Bakersfield, California, board-certified cardiologist Vinod Kumar, MD, FACC, and his team have extensive experience diagnosing and treating May-Thurner syndrome. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.

May-Thurner Syndrome Q & A

What is May-Thurner syndrome?

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May-Thurner syndrome is a serious condition that causes the left iliac vein in your pelvis to narrow, due to pressure from the right iliac artery. 

The left iliac vein is the largest in your left leg and carries blood back to your heart. The right iliac artery is the largest in your right leg and carries blood from your heart to your right leg.

Ultimately, May-Thurner syndrome causes your blood to flow abnormally. Without proper treatment, this can lead to a variety of severe consequences.

What are the symptoms of May-Thurner syndrome?

Many people with May-Thurner syndrome experience no apparent symptoms. As the condition progresses, though, it can result in deep vein thrombosis (DVT). 

Common indications of May-Thurner syndrome include:

  • Leg pain
  • Leg swelling
  • A feeling of heaviness
  • Leg pain while walking
  • Leg ulcers
  • Skin discoloration

Women with May-Thurner syndrome may also develop pelvic congestion syndrome, which can trigger intense pelvic pain.

Who is at risk of May-Thurner syndrome?

May-Thurner syndrome affects people of all ages and genders. Several factors may increase your risk, including:

  • Living a sedentary lifestyle
  • Pregnancy
  • Undergoing surgery
  • Infection
  • Cancer
  • Dehydration

You’re also more likely to experience May-Thurner syndrome if you use oral contraceptives.

How is May-Thurner syndrome diagnosed?

To diagnose May-Thurner syndrome, the team at Heart Vascular and Leg Center conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle.

Your provider also orders imaging tests to look for narrowing in your left iliac vein. Depending on your unique needs, they might recommend an invasive or noninvasive test, such as an ultrasound, venogram, CT scan, or intravascular ultrasound.

How is May-Thurner syndrome treated?

Treatment for May-Thurner syndrome focuses on improving circulation to your left iliac vein. There are several ways to do this: angioplasty and stenting, bypass surgery, or repositioning the right iliac artery.

Each treatment technique relieves uncomfortable symptoms and lowers your risk of developing DVT. The team at Heart Vascular and Leg Center tailors treatment to your symptoms, goals, and health history.

If you suspect you’re at risk, don’t wait to seek professional help from a qualified cardiologist. The sooner you do, the less likely you are to experience complications.

To explore your treatment options for May-Thurner syndrome, schedule an appointment at Heart Vascular and Leg Center. Call the office or book a consultation online today.