May-Thurner syndrome is a rare vascular disorder in which an artery compresses a vein in your pelvis. This compression can cause symptoms in your left or right leg and foot and may lead to blood clots.
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May-Thurner syndrome is a rare vascular condition that affects a vein in your pelvis.
It occurs when a nearby artery compresses the left iliac vein. This vein brings blood from your pelvis and legs back up to your heart.
The compression prevents blood from flowing properly, leading to narrowing and scarring.
In some cases, an artery can compress the right iliac vein, or both veins.
Some people with May-Thurner syndrome have no symptoms, but over time, this condition can lead to:
Symptoms can include:
In some cases, May-Thurner syndrome has no symptoms and patients go undiagnosed until they develop deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Symptoms of DVT can include:
To diagnose May-Thurner syndrome, your doctor will:
May-Thurner syndrome is treatable.
Your treatment will depend on your symptoms and risk factors.
Some treatments for May-Thurner syndrome can include:
In some cases, you may need surgery to either: