What is an Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter?
The inferior vena cava is a large vein in the middle of your body that brings oxygen-poor blood from the lower body back to the heart. The heart then pumps the blood to the lungs to pick up oxygen. An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a small device that the manufacturers told doctors could stop blood clots from going up into the lungs. When the filter is placed in your IVC, the blood flows past the filter. The device manufacturers claimed that the filter catches blood clots and stops them from moving up to the heart and lungs. If that worked, and if the IVC filter did not break or move to another part of the body, it might be able to prevent a pulmonary embolism. IVC filters can be used for patients that cannot use Warfarin, Eliquis, Pradaxa, Xarelto or other blood thinner medication and have a diagnosed pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis.
What Are Possible Complications of IVC Filters?
- Migration (moving from the place the filter is implanted to another place that it's not supposed to be): IVC filters can migrate to another part of the IVC, to the heart, or to the pulmonary outflow tract.
- Lower limb thrombosis.
- Fracturing of the filter.
- Perforation of the vessel walls.
- Device infection.
- Sudden death.
Who Are These IVC Filter Manufacturers?
- Boston Scientific
- “Greenfield” IVC Filters
- B Braun Medical
- Vena Tech
- CR Bard
- Bard Recovery IVC Filter Bard G2 IVC Filter
- Bard G2 Express / G2x Filter Eclipse
- Cook Medical
- Günther Tulip Vena Cava Filter Günther Tulip Mreye
- Cook Celect Vena Cava Filter Cook Celect Platinum
- Johnson & Johnson
- Cordis OptEase
- Rafael (RMT) Medical
- SafeFlo Vena Cava Filter
- Rex Medical
- Option Vena Cava Filter
Though there has been no official recall of these IVC filters by the FDA, further research is being conducted that looks into the potential risks of these devices.
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