Journal of vascular and interventional radiology : JVIR

Pharmacomechanical thrombolysis of symptomatic acute and subacute deep vein thrombosis with a rotational thrombectomy device.

PMID 25282676


To retrospectively evaluate the efficacy and safety of pharmacomechanical thrombolysis (PMT) with the use of a rotational thrombectomy device for symptomatic deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Between July 2012 and August 2013, 41 patients with acute or subacute DVT underwent PMT. The Cleaner thrombectomy device was used in a single-session technique for patients with lower-extremity DVT. Based on contrast venography, the extent of lysis was graded from I (< 50%) to III (complete). Sixteen patients (39.0%) had a femoropopliteal thrombosis and 25 (61.0%) had an iliofemoral venous thrombosis. The mean duration of symptoms was 11.0 days (range, 3-25 d). The mean quantity of tissue plasminogen activator was 20.7 mg (range, 10-50), and the mean duration of the procedure was 74.3 minutes (range, 30-240 min). At the end of the PMT procedure, 29 patients (70.7%) had complete (grade III) thrombus resolution. Grade I and II lysis were noted in one (2.4%) and 11 (26.8%) patients, respectively. Thirty-eight of the 41 patients were treated with PMT in a single session, and three (7.3%) required an additional lytic infusion as a result of residual thrombi. The overall grade III, II, and I thrombus resolution rates, including the supplemental thrombolysis, were 73.2% (n = 30), 22.0% (n = 9), and 4.9% (n = 2), respectively. There was no mortality. Use of the Cleaner thrombectomy device is a promising alternative to current treatment modalities for the management of DVT in a single session of PMT.