Thrombolysis, also known as thrombolytic therapy, is a treatment to dissolve dangerous clots in blood vessels, improve blood flow, and prevent damage to tissues and organs
Depending on the circumstances, a doctor may choose to inject clot-busting drugs into the access site through a catheter. More often, however, doctors insert a longer catheter into the blood vessel and guide it near the blood clot to deliver the medicine directly to the clot.
Doctors use radiologic imaging to see if the blood clot is dissolving. If the clot is relatively small, the process may take several hours.
Doctors also may opt for another type of thrombolysis called mechanical thrombectomy. During this procedure, a long catheter tipped with a tiny suction cup, rotating device, high-speed fluid jet, or ultrasound device is used to physically break up the clot.
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- 24 Aug 2018
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