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What is an IVC filter?

An IVC Filter (also known as a inferior vena cava filter or blood clot filter) is a small wire cage-like device that is implanted in the major blood vessel between the lower half of the body and the heart.

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An IVC filter, or an blood clot filter, is a small cage-like device implanted just below the kidneys. It is designed to stop blood clots that have broken loose from one of the leg’s deep veins that can travel up to the heart and lungs. Invented in the mid-1960s, the first surgical placement of a IVC filter took place in 1967. Since then, the IVC filter has evolved over the years. Multiple models have been created with different materials and shapes, using various insertion and retrieval methods.

One of the most common IVC filters, the Gunther Tulip, was first approved by the FDA in 2003. Since then other models have been approved and thousands of people have had IVC filters surgically implanted.

Why do Doctors Use IVC Filters?

Usually, these filters are inserted into the inferior vena cava vein in people with deep vein thrombosis (DVT or risk of DVT). IVC filters come in many different shapes, but they all do essentially the same thing: they interfere with, catch and break up blood clots as they travel through the bloodstream.

The filters are intended to catch and/or break up blood clots before they reach the lungs. A clot in the lungs can cause a pulmonary embolism, which could damage the lung and other organs. Some of these filters are designed to be with the option to remove, others are not. The option to retrieve models are designed to be easy to remove when the patient is no longer at risk for future blood clots.

Unfortunately, while permanent IVC filters with the option to retrieve can catch and break up blood clots, they can potentially cause a large number of complications, many of which are severe.

What are the Side Effects of Permanent IVC Filters With the Option to Retrieve?

If you have had a permanent IVC filter designed with the option to retrieve implanted, you may have been made aware of the potential risks, such as an inability to stop the blood clots. However, you may not have been alerted to the severe complications these filters can cause. Some of these complications result in severe health problems, and, potentially, death. One clinical trial found that out of the 80 patients who received a particular filter, 13 of them experienced some type of device failure. Shockingly, the FDA warned manufacturers about the potential problems with permanent IVC filters designed with the option to retrieve, not once, but twice. Despite these warnings, these devices continue to be implanted in thousands of patients every year.

Safety risks

FDA issued

The FDA recommended that if a patient has a permanent IVC filter with the option to retrieve, the patient’s individual risk/benefit profile should be examined and the filter should be removed when feasible and clinically indicated.
The FDA advised that the risk/benefit profile begins to favor removal of the IVC filter between 29 and 54 days after implantation if the patient’s transient risk for pulmonary embolism has passed.

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