IVC Filters

Dangers Linked to Medical Device

Warnings have been issued by the FDA and medical professionals regarding the dangers linked to various brands of IVC filter products.  An inferior vena cava filter (IVC Filter) is a medical device inserted into the inferior vena cava, the body’s largest vein which moves blood to the heart, for the purpose of preventing blood clots from reaching the lungs in patients at risk for pulmonary embolisms.  This spider like device is used as an alternative to blood thinners, also known as, anti-coagulant medications.

Complications and Injuries Include:

  • Movement/Migration of the Device

  • Fragmentation/Breaking of the Device

  • Tearing of the Vein, Heart or Lung Tissue

  • Internal Bleeding

  • Blood Clots (DVT)

  • Stroke

  • Death

The FDA Has Warned of Safety Risks

The FDA has received many adverse event reports from patients who have suffered injury from an IVC filter and has issued warnings regarding their safety.  IVC filters were designed to prevent life-threatening blood clots by trapping clots in the blood stream and stopping them from reaching the lungs.  They are to be used short term in patients and then removed from the body.  These retrievable filters were originally approved by the FDA in 2003, although, since 2005, the FDA has received numerous reports of injuries and complications associated with IVC filters.

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