Have You Been Injured by an IVC Filter?
What are the Dangers of IVC Filters?
An IVC filter is a medical device designed to filter out blood clots or
to prevent pulmonary embolisms from forming. It is implanted in the lower
(inferior) artery leading into the heart, which transports blood from
the lower body. Unfortunately, these devices have significant design flaws.
Once inserted, the filters may separate, or fracture or disintegrate,
discharging broken bits of metal into the bloodstream, resulting in fatal injuries.
IVC Filter Side Effects
According to a study published by the Archives of Internal Medicine in
August 2010, high rates of fracture and fragment embolization were associated
with the C.R. Bard Recovery and the Bard G2 IVC filters. Out of the 80
patients reviewed by Dr. William Nicholson between 2004 and January 2009,
13 out of 80 patients (16%) had at least one strut fracture. Three patients
suffered life-threatening heart issues and one patient experienced chest
pain, fluid accretion around the heart and perforation of the right ventricle.
On May 6, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory
recommending physicians should extract a patient’s IVC filter immediately,
since the device doesn’t offer protection from blood clots. Initially
reported in 2010, the FDA reported that 328 devices moved from their original
implant location, 146 cases involved the device components becoming detached,
70 perforated the inferior vena cava and 56 filters fractured.
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