An Unusual Case Presentation of the May–Thurner Syndrome

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A 56-year-old woman underwent abdominoplasty with no immediate complications. She had no known bleeding history nor any relevant past surgical history. Adequate preventive measures for venous thromboembolism were performed, including sequential compression devices, good hydration, and early ambulation. At 17 days post operation, the patient presented to the emergency room complaining of left leg swelling and sharp, shooting pain radiating down her left leg. Workup in the Emergency Room revealed significant venous thrombosis involving complete occlusion of the major veins of the left leg. There were no indications of cardiopulmonary compromise. Angiography revealed an anatomical variant consistent with May-Thurner Syndrome (MTS). This variant first described in 1957 may present in up to one-quarter of patients, more commonly in young women. This case appears to the first reported of MTS occurring in association with a postoperative complication of abdominoplasty. Diagnosis and management considerations are discussed.

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