The Signs, Risks and Treatment of Post Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS)

Post Thrombotic SyndromePost-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) is a type of condition that develops in the leg of a deep venous thrombosis (DVT) patient. It occurs when there is a blood clot in the area, causing blockage in the blood vessels. This results in damage to the small valves, leading to chronic pain, swelling, and redness in the person’s leg. People with PTS experience pain when walking or even when standing.

Based on a study published in the journal of the American Heart Association (AHA), PTS can develop in almost half of all people with DVT. If you have had DVT, it’s best to check whether you have symptoms of PTS. Here’s what you need to know about it.

Signs and Symptoms

Other than discomfort in the legs when standing or walking, cramping is another common symptom of PTS. Many patients also experience tingling sensation in the area as well as the feeling of heaviness in the affected leg. Itching and ulcer (sore) are also signs of PTS.

Once you experience these post-thrombotic syndrome symptoms, it’s best to seek medical attention. Always remember that early intervention is the key to preventing worse issues and conditions later on.


Some people are more likely to develop PTS than others. For instance, a person who suffered from DVT after a major injury or surgery in the leg has higher risks of developing it than those who didn’t. The same is true with people with blood clotting above the knee or several clotting in the same limb.

People who are overweight are also prone to developing Post Thrombotic Syndrome.

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PTS is often treated with vein compression therapy administered by a vein specialist. In this treatment, patients must wear compression boots and stockings to subject the coagulated blood to pressure. Some specialists use special devices that promote better blood flow in the legs.

Ask your doctor to learn more about PTS. Undergo therapy as soon as possible to prevent complications such as leg ulcers.