On August 9, 2010, the FDA reported on adverse events involving IVC filters, including device migration, embolization (detachment of device components), perforations, fractures, and death.
IVC filters are small, cage-like devices that are inserted into the inferior vena Cava ("IVC") to capture blood clots and prevent them from reaching the lungs. IVC filters are frequently placed in patients at risk for pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs) when anticoagulant therapy cannot be used or is ineffective.
In a five year span, the FDA received almost 1,000 adverse event reports. Of these reports:
Because of these adverse event reports, a safety alert was issued notifying doctors that there was significant risk to patients if an IVC filter was left implanted after a patient no longer needed it.
In addition, a study conducted by the New England Society for Vascular Surgery, found a 31% fracture rate in IVC filters and most of the splinters found their way to the right ventricle of patients' hearts.
Serious Complications from IVC Filters can include:
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