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Retrievable IVC Filter Breaks Apart; Embolizes Lung, Liver and Heart

IVC filter 294x210 Retrievable IVC Filter Breaks Apart; Embolizes Lung, Liver and HeartRecently, a patient that had received the Bard G2 retrievable IVC filter experienced dangerous injuries when the filter fractured, which resulted in embolization of the lung, liver and heart.

According to an FDA report, the fractured IVC filter was found in a CT scan. Two filter fragments were embolized in the lungs. Another fragment had made its way to the liver, and another had already migrated to the right ventricle of the heart. Thankfully, the fragments were removed along with the failed filter itself.

The Bard G2 is one of many retrievable IVC filter models that are the target of lawsuits filed by patients that have experienced adverse, dangerous and painful injuries from the device failing. The filter has a tendency to tilt, migrate, fracture and/or perforate. In many cases, the failure resulted in death. Other filter models linked to such injuries and death are Bard’s Recovery filter, the G2 Express, and Cook Medical’s filters called the Gunther Tulip and the Celect.

A retrievable inferior vena cava filter (IVC filter) is a small cage-like device made of metal that is designed to stop a blood clot from traveling to the lungs, resulting in pulmonary embolism. But for some people, the risks outweigh the benefits for using the retrievable IVC filter.

A Missouri woman is filing a lawsuit against Bard saying that her husband received the G2 model IVC filter in November of 2006. But after the surgery, the filter became tilted, causing it to perforate the vena cava vein. Her husband died from the effects of a blood clot in September of 2012 after the filter failed to do its job, her lawsuit alleges.

Sources:
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