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DVT/PE Thrombolysis and Thrombectomy, Dublin/IE, February 15-16, 2019

Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (DVT/PE) remain one of society’s most pressing healthcare challenges, representing the third most common cause of cardiovascular-related mortality. Both vena cava filter placement and thrombolysis/thrombectomy for DVT/PE have become widely used throughout Europe. Given this development, IRs need to familiarise themselves with the current pharmaco-mechanical devices on the market for DVT and PE thrombolysis/thrombectomy.

In this ESIR course “DVT/PE Thrombolysis and Thrombectomy” organised by Prof. Mick Lee and Dr Gerry O’Sullivan, attendees will learn about the fundamentals, latest evidence and techniques for treating venous thromboembolism. This will be followed by covering the current status of PE/DVT treatments as well as patient selection, outcomes, complications and follow-up protocols. Additionally, short lectures by recognised experts will be delivered on current anticoagulation therapies for DVT/PE, evidence for thrombolysis/thrombectomy, imaging tools, safe use of devices and outcomes to be expected. The programme will also cover acute interventional treatments for DVT and PE and IR treatments for chronic venous occlusion. Illustrative cases will be used to show teaching points including complications and how to avoid them.

A large part of the course will be devoted to hands-on experience with the various devices currently available on the market. Ample time for questions will be allotted and participants are encouraged to bring cases for discussion.

IR’s role in treating DVT

Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are major healthcare issues. In this video, Dr. Gerry O’Sullivan and one of his patients talk us through the minimally invasive therapies IR can offer DVT sufferers.

Friday, February 15, 2019


Welcome & introduction

Fundamentals of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)

  • Epidemiology of VTE
  • DVT Treatment: Which AC and for how long?
  • Lower leg venous anatomy/variants
  • CTV: How to and pathology (cases)
  • MRV: How to and pathology (cases)
  • IVUS: How to and pathology (cases)
  • Superficial and deep venous US (cases)
  • Short- and long-term outcomes of VTE
  • Discussion

Coffee break

DVT I – Thrombectomy and Thrombolysis

  • Review of clinical trials including ATTRACT?
  • Practical tips on how to build a referral practice
  • Current thrombectomy devices
  • When and how do I use CDT? (cases)
  • When and how do I use PMT? (cases)
  • When do I use thrombo-aspiration devices? (cases)
  • IVC filters: When to place
  • Discussion


Venous Stents: How to Place Safely

  • Stent types and how to size (cases)
  • Iliac bifurcation: Ideal stent placement with examples (cases)
  • How long can you go with stents? (cases)
  • Is IVUS necessary for stent placement? (cases)
  • Stent trial update
  • Ideal anticoagulation and follow-up protocol
  • Dealing with the occluded stent (cases)
  • Discussion

Coffee break

Hands-On Workshops

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Pulmonary Embolus

  • Treatment of low-risk PE: Current strategies
  • Medical treatment of high-risk PE
  • Massive/submassive PE aftermath
  • Which patients for catheter-directed therapies: Evidence?
  • Do we need PERT teams?
  • Interventional treatments for PE
  • Gaps in evidence and where next?
  • Discussion

Coffee break

Hands-On Workshops


DVT: Chronic Obstruction/PTS

  • Choosing the right patients for intervention
  • Evidence for intervention in PTS/occlusion
  • Imaging, IVUS, venography, pressure studies to identify PTS (cases)
  • Using available tools to safely cross a chronic venous occlusion (cases)
  • Current role of surgery for PTS/venous obstruction
  • Discussion

My Worst Venous Disasters and Wrap-Up

Certificate of attendance

Local hosts

M.J. Lee, Dublin (IE)
G. O’Sullivan, Galway (IE)


Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
123 St. Stephen’s Green
Main Entrance: York Street
Dublin 2

Registration fees

Early Registration Fees (until December 21)

Course Registration – Single €550
Course Registration – Team** €800
CIRSE Member – Single €350
CIRSE Member – Team** €500
Nurse/Radiographer Non-Member* €280
Nurse/Radiographer Member* €210

Late Registration Fees (from December 22)

Course Registration – Single €700
Course Registration – Team** €1100
CIRSE Member – Single €450
CIRSE Member – Team** €700
Nurse/Radiographer Non-Member* €380
Nurse/Radiographer Member* €310

* Registration needs to be accompanied by the Confirmation Form, signed by the head of department.
** Upon approval, (interventional) radiologists attending the course may bring with them a colleague from the same hospital but a different medical specialty, with whom they work together in a multidiscplinary team which is relevant for the treatment of the patient. These two physicians will then be able to attend the ESIR course under the “Team Fee”. Just choose the “Team Fee” and contact with details regarding your non-IR colleague.


Please note that the following are only suggestions. Accommodation is not included in the registration fee of ESIR courses. CIRSE supports compliance with ethical standards. Therefore, CIRSE emphasises that the participants shall bear any and all costs in this context themselves.

Trinity City Hotel

Pearse St
Dublin 2
Phone: +353 (1) 648 1000

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
Golden Lane 8
Phone: +353 1 898 2900

BEST WESTERN Dublin Skylon Hotel
27 Upper Drumcondra Rd.
Dublin 9
Phone: +353 (0)1 884 3900
Fax: +353 (0)1 837 2778

O’Callaghan Stephen’s Green Hotel
Harcourt St 5
Dublin 2
Phone: +353 1 607 3600