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Researchers at Emory University (Atlanta) have found that the combination of ultrasound waves and drugs work faster to dissolve blood clots in patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) than medications alone. Karthikeshwar Kasirajan, MD, assistant professor of surgery at Emory's School of Medicine, said that using both ultrasound and drug treatment helps to restore flow, prevent valve damage, and could prevent a pulmonary embolism as well.
November 24, 2008
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The study involved 37 patients (16 with DVT and 21 with acute in-situ arterial thrombosis) who were treated with a clot-dissolving drug and ultrasound. The technology was used to loosen proteins in the blood clots, which enabled a faster deliver of the drug to the clot. The patients with arterial thrombosis and all but six patients with DVT saw their clots completely dissolve.
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