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My husband is hospitalized for dvt. Should he ask for inferior vena cava filter even if he doesn't undergo tpa (alteplase) treatment? (unsure when clot formed.)
Used to be rigid: Used to be arbitrary age which i believe was 75 and now is individualized. ...Read more
TPA (alteplase): Tpa (alteplase) or tissue plasminogen activator is a subtance that is used to break up clots that form in the body. It has been used to stop heart attacks, strokes or clots that form in the arms or legs. It has even been used to dissolve clots in the lungs with some success. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Could you tell me what happens if a person who is not actually having a stroke is given tpa (alteplase)?
Increased bleed risk: Tissue plasminogen activator, or tpa, (alteplase) "dissolves" clots, so the main risk from it's administration is an increased risk of bleeding. One way to reduce the risk is to have strict rules on who it is administered to, based on many factors including time since symptoms began. Another is to administer it right where it is needed, near the location of the artery which contains the clot. ...Read more
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