IVC Filters

Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are medical devices implanted into patients who are at risk of suffering a sudden blockage of an artery in the lung or a pulmonary embolism (PE). The devices act as filters, catching fragments of blood clots that form in the legs or pelvis before they reach the heart or lungs where blockages can cause severe health complications.

IVC Filter Risks

In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert suggesting a possible link between long-term use of retrievable filters with an increased risk of fracture or failure.  

Common complications associated with IVC filters that have been left in the body for long periods of time include:

  • Filter migration

  • Tilt, break, or embolism

  • IVC perforation or occlusion

  • Progression of DVT

  • Recurrent PE

As a result of these risks, the FDA recommends that physicians consider removing patients’ retrievable IVC filters as soon as they are no longer at risk of developing PEs. 

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