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Arm and Leg Veins – Anatomy and Terminology

| Anatomy, Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), Superficial blood clots (superficial thrombophlebitis) | Comments Off on Arm and Leg Veins – Anatomy and Terminology

Confusion as to which veins of arms and legs are superficial and which are deep can lead to an incorrect diagnosis. As treatment of clots in superficial veins (= superficial thrombophlebitis) is different to that of clots in deep veins (DVT = deep vein thrombosis), the distinction between superficial and deep veins is important. Read the rest of this entry »

May-Thurner Syndrome

| Anatomy, Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) | 18 Comments »


Some people have a narrowing of their big left pelvic vein (= left common iliac vein) that can put them at risk for a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis = DVT) in that area and in the left leg. The narrowing is due to pressure onto the vein by the overlying big pelvic artery (= right common iliac artery), shown on image 1 . This condition is called May Thurner syndrome. Read the rest of this entry »