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May-Thurner Syndrome and Getting Social Security Disability

May-Thurner syndrome is also referred to as iliac vein compression syndrome. May-Thurner syndrome is named after the authors R. May and J. Thurner, who were the first to describe this syndrome in 1957.

In human anatomy, your common iliac veins are formed by your external iliac veins and internal iliac veins. Together, in your abdomen at the level of your fifth lumbar vertebrae, they form your inferior vena cava. Your inferior vena cava is the large vein that carries de-oxygenated blood from the lower half of your body to the right atrium of your heart.

May-Thurner syndrome is marked by your right iliac artery compressing or squeezing your left iliac vein. When this takes place, it increases your risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in your left leg.

Deep vein thrombosis


Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition in which a blood clot forms in one or more of the deep veins of your body. This usually occurs in your legs where veins are located deep within the muscles of your legs.

While deep vein thrombosis is not a life-threatening condition, there is the potential of a blood clot breaking free and going through your bloodstream to where it becomes lodged in the blood vessels of your lung. This is referred to as a pulmonary embolism, which can be a life-threatening disorder.

In addition, if your May-Thurner syndrome results in deep vein thrombosis in your left leg, complications in your left leg that are known as chronic venous insufficiency link (post-thrombotic syndrome) may take place. Chronic venous insufficiency link is characterized by discoloration of your skin or increased pigmentation, chronic swelling of your leg, increased pressure, leg ulcers that are called venous stasis ulcer and pooling of blood.

More common in females


May-Thurner syndrome is found most of the time in young females. However, this condition is not uncommon in males or elderly patients. In fact, it can affect your right leg.

May-Thurner syndrome is congenital. This means that it is something you are born with. One of the x chromosomes is misshapen or missing in most of the cells of your body, but no one knows why this takes place.

May-Thurner syndrome may not cause any signs or symptoms. However, there are several signs and symptoms that may be an indication of this condition. Some of these are:

Hearing loss
Enlargement in the veins of your affected leg
A webbed neck
Redness or discoloration of your skin
Pigmented moles
A feeling of increased warmth in your affected leg
Short stature
Drooping eyelids
Pain, tenderness or swelling in your affected leg
Shield chest (broad chest) and widely-spaced nipples
Low-set ears.

Unfortunately, neither May-Thurner syndrome or deep vein thrombosis are on the list of impairments of the Social Security Administration. However, if this condition has led to complications that have caused your disability and are keeping you from being able to work, you may be able to get Social Security disability benefits.

The thing to do is to contact a disability lawyer and have him or her evaluate your case. With the help and advice of a disability attorney, you may be able to receive the Social Security disability benefits that you deserve.


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