Endovascular Thrombus Removal for Acute Iliofemoral Deep Vein Thrombosis: Analysis from a Stratified Multicenter Randomized Trial

Anthony J. Comerota, Clive Kearon, Chu Shu Gu, Jim A. Julian, Samuel Z. Goldhaber, Susan R. Kahn, Michael R. Jaff, Mahmood K. Razavi, Andrei L. Kindzelski, Riyaz Bashir, Parag Patel, Mel Sharafuddin, Michael J. Sichlau, Wael E. Saad, Zakaria Assi, Lawrence V. Hofmann, Margaret Kennedy, Suresh Vedantham

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Background: The ATTRACT trial (Acute Venous Thrombosis: Thrombus Removal with Adjunctive Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis) previously reported that pharmacomechanical catheter-directed thrombolysis (PCDT) did not prevent postthrombotic syndrome (PTS) in patients with acute proximal deep vein thrombosis. In the current analysis, we examine the effect of PCDT in ATTRACT patients with iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis. Methods: Within a large multicenter randomized trial, 391 patients with acute deep vein thrombosis involving the iliac or common femoral veins were randomized to PCDT with anticoagulation versus anticoagulation alone (No-PCDT) and were followed for 24 months to compare short-term and long-term outcomes. Results: Between 6 and 24 months, there was no difference in the occurrence of PTS (Villalta scale ≥5 or ulcer: 49% PCDT versus 51% No-PCDT; risk ratio, 0.95; 95% CI, 0.78-1.15; P=0.59). PCDT led to reduced PTS severity as shown by lower mean Villalta and Venous Clinical Severity Scores (P<0.01 for comparisons at 6, 12, 18, and 24 months), and fewer patients with moderate-or-severe PTS (Villalta scale ≥10 or ulcer: 18% versus 28%; risk ratio, 0.65; 95% CI, 0.45-0.94; P=0.021) or severe PTS (Villalta scale ≥15 or ulcer: 8.7% versus 15%; risk ratio, 0.57; 95% CI, 0.32-1.01; P=0.048; and Venous Clinical Severity Score ≥8: 6.6% versus 14%; risk ratio, 0.46; 95% CI, 0.24-0.87; P=0.013). From baseline, PCDT led to greater reduction in leg pain and swelling (P<0.01 for comparisons at 10 and 30 days) and greater improvement in venous disease-specific quality of life (Venous Insufficiency Epidemiological and Economic Study Quality of Life unit difference 5.6 through 24 months, P=0.029), but no difference in generic quality of life (P>0.2 for comparisons of SF-36 mental and physical component summary scores through 24 months). In patients having PCDT versus No-PCDT, major bleeding within 10 days occurred in 1.5% versus 0.5% (P=0.32), and recurrent venous thromboembolism over 24 months was observed in 13% versus 9.2% (P=0.21). Conclusions: In patients with acute iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis, PCDT did not influence the occurrence of PTS or recurrent venous thromboembolism. However, PCDT significantly reduced early leg symptoms and, over 24 months, reduced PTS severity scores, reduced the proportion of patients who developed moderate-or-severe PTS, and resulted in greater improvement in venous disease-specific quality of life. Clinical Trial Registration: URL: https://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT00790335.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1162-1173
Number of pages12
Issue number9
StatePublished - Feb 26 2019


  • deep vein thrombosis
  • postthrombotic syndrome
  • thrombolysis, therapeutic


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