IVC filters are tiny, metal cage-like devices that are implanted into the inferior vena cava (IVC), a large vein in the body that delivers deoxygenated blood from the lower extremities to the heart. These filters can be used either temporarily or permanently. The filters are intended to capture blood clots that form in the legs – called deep vein thrombosis – and stop them from reaching the lungs and causing potentially fatal pulmonary embolism. Ideally, the clots remain trapped in the filter until they dissolve.
IVC filters are usually used patients who may be at risk for these deadly blood clots, such as patients recovering from accidents or surgeries, bariatric patients, trauma patients and orthopedic patients. Although such filters have been used since the 1960s, the first retrievable filters were approved by the FDA in 2003 and 2004.
- Device migration
- Embolization (movement of the entire filter or fracture fragments to the heart or lungs)
- Perforations of the inferior vena cava
- Filter fractures
- Difficulty removing the device
- Organ Damage
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