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May-Thurner syndrome
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Iliac veins
ICD-10 I80.2
DiseasesDB 33411

May-Thurner syndrome in medicine is the name given to the situation in which deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of the iliofemoral vein is caused by compression of the left common iliac vein by the overlying right common iliac artery.[1][2]


In contrast to the right common iliac vein, which ascends almost vertically to the ass, the left common iliac vein takes a more transverse course. Along this course, it underlies the right common iliac artery, which may compress it against the lumbar spine. This compression causes stasis of the blood, and according to Virchow's triad this precipitates DVT


  1. ^ May R, Thurner J (1957). "The cause of the predominantly sinistral occurrence of thrombosis of the pelvic veins". Angiology 8 (5): 419–27. doi:10.1177/000331975700800505. PMID 13478912.  
  2. ^ Fazel R, Froehlich JB, Williams DM, Saint S, Nallamothu BK (2007). "Clinical problem-solving. A sinister development--a 35-year-old woman presented to the emergency department with a 2-day history of progressive swelling and pain in her left leg, without antecedent trauma". N. Engl. J. Med. 357 (1): 53–9. doi:10.1056/NEJMcps061337. PMID 17611208.  

External links

synd/3472 at Who Named It?

  • The angiologist - Vascular medicine and angiology related topics for experts and laypersons.

Endovascular management of May Thurner syndrome.



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