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What is An IVC Filter?
An Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter is a small, medical device that looks like a tiny cage. The device is inserted into a patient’s veins to act as a filter that blocks blood clots from reaching the lungs. Several serious side effects and complications have been reported by patients suffering vein or organ perforations, heart damage, lung damage, and internal bleeding as a result of the IVC Filter breaking apart and migrating throughout the body.
When or Why Is an IVC Filter Used?
Most patients at risk of developing blood clots are administered blood thinners by their physicians. For patients who are unable to take blood thinners, a retrievable IVC Filter is typically used to keep blood clots from entering the lungs. The IVC Filters are surgically implanted into a patient’s veins and are meant to be retrievable.
How Does the IVC Filter Work?
The largest vein in the body is called the inferior vena cava. This vein is responsible for delivering de-oxygenated blood to the heart and lungs. The retrievable IVC Filter is surgically implanted by way of a catheter into the inferior vena cava through an incision in the neck or groin area. The IVC Filter catches any formed blood clots before they enter the right atrium of the heart, or later, the lungs.
When the filter is no longer needed, it is retrievable. Again, through an incision, a device is inserted into the patient which catches a small hook at the top of the device, then the filter is covered by a protective sheath and removed through the incision.
FDA Notes Complications Associated With The Use of Retrievable IVC Filter Device
By 2005, the FDA had received 921 reports of complications which included:
- Migration of the IVC Filter
- Perforation of the Vein or Internal Organs
- Breaking of the Device or Fracturing of Components
- Device Components Detaching
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