What is May-Thurner Syndrome?

May-Thurner syndrome, also known popularly as iliac vein compression syndrome and Cockett’s syndrome, is a condition that causes the left iliac vein to narrow due to compression put on it by the right iliac artery. These veins and arteries in the legs respectively carry blood back to the heart and deliver the same blood to the rest of the lower body. When this major artery rests on top of the left iliac vein, it can cause a blockage of blood flow that has the potential to lead to serious conditions like deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Patients may have May-Thurner syndrome if they are experiencing leg pain, edema and swelling in the legs, open sores and ulcers on the legs, and skin discoloration.

What is May-Thurner Syndrome?

What Causes May-Thurner Syndrome?

What Causes May-Thurner Syndrome?

While the main cause of May-Thurner syndrome is the right iliac artery pressing down on the left iliac vein, there are several factors that may contribute to patients experiencing this condition. Patients who are more likely to have May-Thurner syndrome are typically inactive or sedentary women who have habitually used oral birth control methods or have been pregnant and had children. All of these factors contribute to structural changes in the pelvic region that may cause the right iliac artery to weigh down on the left iliac vein.

What Treatments are Available for May-Thurner Syndrome?

There are Many Treatments for May-Thurner Syndrome Available at StrideCare Including:

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