Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe
OnsiteESIR coursesDVT/PE Thrombolysis and Thrombectomy

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)
Venous anatomy and how to examine the leg with duplex (cases)
Short- and long-term outcomes of VTE

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


Venous Stents: How to Place Safely
Ideal anticoagulation and follow-up protocol
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
Dealing with the occluded stent (cases)

Coffee break

Hands-On Workshops

Saturday, February 16, 2019

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

Coffee break

Hands-On Workshops


DVT: Chronic Obstruction/PTS
Choosing the right patients for intervention
Evidence for intervention in PTS/occlusion
Managing chronic filter-related caval thrombosis (cases)
Using available tools to safely cross a chronic venous occlusion (cases)
Current role of surgery for PTS/venous obstruction

My Worst Venous Disasters and Wrap-Up

Certificate of Attendance

Local hosts

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


C. Arnoldussen, Venlo/Maastricht (NL)
S. Black, London (UK)
T. Breslin, Dublin (IE)
C. Canning, Dublin (IE)
S. Gaine, Dublin (IE)
W. Kuo, Stanford, CA (USA)
M.J. Lee, Dublin (IE)
F. Ní Áinle, Dublin (IE)
G.J. O’Sullivan, Galway (IE)
A. Wigham, Oxford (UK)


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


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.

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O’Callaghan Stephen’s Green Hotel
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CME Accreditation

The ESIR 2019: DVT/PE Thrombolysis and Thrombectomy, Dublin, Ireland, 15/02/2019-16/02/2019 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 13 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.