Haemodynamics in deep venous obstruction: Advances towards a tailored treatment

Ralph Lambertus Maria Kurstjens

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Each year, 1–2 out of every 1,000 people develop deep vein thrombosis. Of the people who develop the condition, 25–56% suffer from chronic symptoms that reduce their quality of life, similar to that of diabetes and heart failure. While these symptoms can be treated with stents, this option is not covered by many insurers. This dissertation reveals that stents significantly reduce blood pressure, thereby improving both symptoms and quality of life. The study also found that a varicose vein on the abdomen wall is an easy, visible indicator of more severe pathology. As a result, treating varicose veins for cosmetic purposes can have serious consequences.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Wittens, Cees, Supervisor
  • Wildberger, Joachim, Supervisor
  • de Graaf, Rick, Co-Supervisor
Award date14 Dec 2016
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs978-94-6182-744-9
Electronic ISBNs978-94-6182-744-9
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • deep vein thrombosis
  • treatment
  • stents
  • quality of life

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