IVC Filter

Inferior Vena Cava

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Device: IVC Filter


Anticoagulant medication is the first choice for clot prevention. The IVC filter has been developed with the idea of a permanent placement when anticoagulant medication is contraindicated.

The implanted device placed in the inferior vena cava to prevent pulmonary embolism.

The retrievable IVC filter was developed in early 2000 with the idea of easy removal upon the medical condition improving. Unfortunately, the longer the filter is in place the more complex the removal becomes. Both permanent and retrievable filters are a potential risk.

Related Injuries

  • Fracture of the filter
  • Migration of the filter
  • Shift or tilt of the filter
  • Pulmonary embolism/blood clots
  • Perforation of vessels or organs
  • Infection
  • Death

How do you know if the IVC Filter is failing?

Patients with a failing or defective IVC Filter often experience shortness of breath or chest pain. Since this is not normal, the patient seeks medical help from their doctor or the emergency room where their symptoms can be evaluated or treated. In most cases, a medical professional orders imaging tests, such as an MRI or CT scan, to evaluate and decide if the IVC Filter may be the cause of a patient’s chest pain or shortness of breath.

FDA Warns of Dangers Associated With IVC Filters

The FDA has received reports of adverse events and product problems associated with IVC filters. These reports include device migration, filter fracture, embolization (movement of the entire filter or fracture fragments to the heart or lungs), perforation of the IVC, and difficulty removing the device. Some events have led to adverse serious clinical outcomes. Complications can be related to how long the filter has been implanted. Other identified long-term risks associated with IVC filters include lower limb deep vein thrombosis and IVC occlusion. For patients with retrievable filters, complications can arise if the filter is not removed once the risk of pulmonary embolism has subsided. The FDA is concerned that retrievable IVC filters, when placed for a short-term risk of pulmonary embolism, are not being removed once the risk subsides.

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Have you or a loved one been hurt or experienced complications resulting from the IVC Filter? You may be entitled to compensation. Get help now.

IVC Filter Facts

Patients who suffer from the threat of pulmonary embolism and are contraindicated for anticoagulation therapy can find themselves receiving an Inferior Vena Cava filter or IVC filter to prevent pulmonary embolism.

Since the introduction of the IVC filter in 2005, the FDA has received roughly one thousand reports about these filters. The reports show that the IVC filters fragment and embolize in the patient’s body.

Studies of these devices and the reports made by physicians and consumers have resulted in the FDA urging physicians who advise their patients to use an IVC filter to carefully consider the risk and benefits for individual patients instead of choosing the IVC for all patients who are ineligible for anticoagulation therapy, and to remove the device once the symptoms have stopped.

IVC filter complications are serious and may be life threatening. Reported events to the FDA include:

  • device migrations
  • embolizations or detachment of the device components
  • IVC perforations
  • IVC filter fractures

After reports that the radial arms and struts of the Bard Recovery IVC filter had broken off inside the body of patients in 2005, Bard attempted to modify this filter to correct this deadly defect. The redesigned filter is the G2 IVC filter and has since been implanted in more than 65,000 patients.

Las Vegas IVC-Filter Lawyer

If you or a loved one has suffered because of complications due to an IVC filter or from anticoagulant medication, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm we have experienced attorneys to help you throughout this complicated process. Contact us for a free case evaluation, if you have any questions, please call us at 702-444-4444. Don’t wait, get started on your case immediately.

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