Korean J Radiol.  2021 Jun;22(6):931-943. 10.3348/kjr.2020.0675.

Endovascular Treatment for Lower Extremity Deep Vein Thrombosis: An Overview

  • 1Department of Radiology, St. Vincent’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Suwon, Korea
  • 2Department of Radiology and Medical Research Institute, School of Medicine, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea


Lower extremity deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious medical condition that can result in local pain and gait disturbance. DVT progression can also lead to death or major disability as a result of pulmonary embolism, postthrombotic syndrome, or limb amputation. However, early thrombus removal can rapidly relieve symptoms and prevent disease progression. Various endovascular procedures have been developed in the recent years to treat DVT, and endovascular treatment has been established as one of the major therapeutic methods to treat lower extremity DVT. However, the treatment of lower extremity DVT varies according to the disease duration, location of affected vessels, and the presence of symptoms. This article reviews and discusses effective endovascular treatment methods for lower extremity DVT.


Deep vein thrombosis; Endovascular thrombus removal; Catheter-directed thrombolysis
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