Dr. Janice Newsome, M.D., was honored to present a Grand Rounds lecture at Riverside Regional Medical Center. Grand Round lectures are an important teaching tool for physicians, and it is a great honor among physicians to be invited to speak. Grand Rounds lectures provide a great opportunity for collaboration and help keep health professional up to date in important or otherwise rapidly changing areas, including those which may be outside of their core practice.
Dr. Janice M. Newsome, a board certified radiologist, is a graduate of City University of New York. She received her medical degree from the Mont Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Upon graduation she completed an internship with the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she also completed her Residency in radiology. Dr. Newsome was a junior fellow in radiology at the Virginia Medical Center, and later a fellow in vascular and interventional radiology at the Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute.
Dr. Newsome spoke about endovascular procedures in the management of Complicated Vein Thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a condition in which a blood clot forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs. This is a serious condition because a blood clot that has formed in your vein can break loose, travel through your bloodstream and lodge in your lungs, blocking blood flow (pulmonary embolism).
Some of the risk factors include family history, recent surgery, obesity, and prolonged immobilization. One treatment option for DVT, provided by Peninsula Radiology, is Catheter Directed Therapy for DVT. This method has many benefits including prompt resolution of symptoms, prevention of pulmonary embolism, preserving of valve function. It does not prevent clot propagation and does not prevent re-thrombosis. However, catheter therapies can preserve quality of life, as we as save limbs.
Standard treatment for DVT is Anticoagulation and supportive care. This treatment prevents thrombus propagation, reduces the rate of new thrombus, and reduces the rate of pulmonary embolism. However it does not eliminate the existing thrombus.