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What does thrombolytic therapy involve?

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Dr. Brian Santin
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: Clot dissolving

Thrombolytic therapy is intended to assist the body's natural mechanism to help dissolve blood clots.
These clots can be found in either arteries or veins depending on the underlying problem. I hope this helps!

In brief: Clot dissolving

Thrombolytic therapy is intended to assist the body's natural mechanism to help dissolve blood clots.
These clots can be found in either arteries or veins depending on the underlying problem. I hope this helps!
Dr. Brian Santin
Dr. Brian Santin
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Dr. Gregory Spitz
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: Catheter

A catheter placed in a vein to instill the medication.
Usually done in a interventional radiology setting or operating room.

In brief: Catheter

A catheter placed in a vein to instill the medication.
Usually done in a interventional radiology setting or operating room.
Dr. Gregory Spitz
Dr. Gregory Spitz
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Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Depends

Typically we now perform "catheter directed thrombolysis" where a small tube is advanced to the area of clot, and a clot busting medication is infused.

In brief: Depends

Typically we now perform "catheter directed thrombolysis" where a small tube is advanced to the area of clot, and a clot busting medication is infused.
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
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In brief: An iv infusion

In regard to stroke only, thrombolytic therapy can be given by IV in the first 4.
5 hours after the onset of symptoms. Exclusionary criteria must be met. In certain situations thrombolytic therapy is administered intra-arterially via a catheter. This procedure is performed in more specialized stroke centers and is not fda approved. It is very effective in the appropriately selected individuals.

In brief: An iv infusion

In regard to stroke only, thrombolytic therapy can be given by IV in the first 4.
5 hours after the onset of symptoms. Exclusionary criteria must be met. In certain situations thrombolytic therapy is administered intra-arterially via a catheter. This procedure is performed in more specialized stroke centers and is not fda approved. It is very effective in the appropriately selected individuals.
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
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