How is the blood clot diagnosed?
How are blood clots treated?
- Systemic thrombolysis – a clot-busting medicine is given through a cannula (thin plastic tube) into a vein in your child’s hand or foot. The medicine travels through the blood vessels breaking up clots elsewhere in the body.
- Catheter-directed thrombolysis – the clot-busting medicine is delivered into the centre of the clot over several hours or days. The medicine is given through a larger cannula inserted into the clot in a short procedure under general anaesthetic in the Interventional Radiology department.
- Mechanical thrombectomy – using tiny surgical tools, the doctor breaks down the clot into smaller pieces that can then be sucked out of the blood vessel.