May Thurner syndrome: Sixty years later

Phlebology. 2021 Sep 8;2683555211045202. doi: 10.1177/02683555211045202. Online ahead of print.


May-Thurner syndrome (MTS) was described sixty years ago. Once ignored for several years, it is currently a recognized pathology in the vascular surgery community; but not long ago due to several factors, it was underdiagnosed and sub-optimally treated. In the last 20 years, with renewed interest in venous pathology, technical imaging advances and the recent interventional procedures, it has become a better known disease. On the other hand, nowadays the easiness in diagnosis and treatment of the syndrome has lead to overtreatment of such patients. In this article, we do a historical review and describe the significant advances and current management of May-Thurner syndrome.

Keywords: May-Thurner syndrome; iliac vein thrombosis.