Quality-of-life in interventionally treated patients with post-thrombotic syndrome

F. S. Catarinella*, F. H. M. Nieman, M. A. F. de Wolf, I. M. Toonder, R. de Graaf, C. H. A. Wittens

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Introduction New developments in the treatment of complex deep venous disease have become available in the last decade. Besides analysing patencies as a surrogate outcome for these treatments we analysed the Quality-of-Life (QoL) changes for successful and failed deep venous treatments. Materials and methods Patients with proven venous occlusive disease, referred to our department of Venous Surgery at the Maastricht University Medical Centre, were included. After inclusion patients were treated by percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and stenting and when indicated endophlebectomy with an arteriovenous fistula. QoL was assessed with the disease specific VEINES-QOL/Sym and the generic Short-Form (SF)-36 questionnaires preoperatively at baseline and post-operatively after 3, 12 and 24 months. Results One hundred fifty-three interventions were analysed, showing a primary, assisted primary and secondary patency of respectively 65%, 78% and 89% at 24 months. The VEINES-QOL and Sym scores improved at 3, 12 and 24 months. The overall improvement at 24 months is 22.7 for QoL and 18.18 for Sym with respective p values of 0.013 and 0.016. The improvement of the VEINES-QOL and Sym scores after a successful (patent) treatment remained highly significant (QoL: p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-94
JournalPhlebology: The Journal of Venous Disease
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015


  • Quality-of-life
  • post-thrombotic syndrome
  • deep venous obstruction
  • percutaneous transluminal angioplasty
  • venous stent
  • Maastricht University Medical Centre
  • Maastricht

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