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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.

Seek Legal Representation from Our Deer Park Product Liability Attorney

If you or a loved one have been severely injured due to the use of IVC filters, our Deer Park product liability lawyer is committed to recovering the compensation you deserve. As a former nurse for 12 years, our founding attorney, Chris Soileau, has the extensive knowledge of the medical industry and can help you obtain the results you desire.

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