An Ohio woman, Christina P, filed a lawsuit against Cook Medical over the Celect inferior vena cava (IVC) filter she received during a hospital stay in 2010.
Christina was implanted with a Celect filter at UH Main Hospital in Cincinnati, and has now filed a suit against the maker of the IVC filter for its alleged failure and resulting injury, joining more than 2,500 others who have filed lawsuits alleging serious injuries related to IVC filters.
An IVC filter is a device that resembles a spider with needle-thin metal legs. It is inserted into the largest vein in the body and is designed to catch blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs.
In the last few years, temporary, or retrievable IVC models have been sold by major medical device manufacturers such as Cook, C.R. Bard, and Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Cordis. The retrievable filters are linked to a high rate of failure, meaning the devices often tilt, migrate, perforate, or fracture. When the filter fractures, thin metal legs travel through the body and, in many cases, rip through veins and pierce internal organs such as the heart or lungs.
The Celect filter was introduced in 2007 as a “new and improved” model of the Gunther Tulip. The most significant change was the four additional unprotected primary struts, which were added to hook into the vein and prevent the filter from moving. It introduced a new problem, however – a higher likelihood the device might perforate the vein.
According to one study, Celect as been linked to a 39 percent risk of vein perforation within the first 30 days, and a 90 percent risk of vein perforation within 90 days. In 13 percent of patients, adjacent organs were penetrated as well.
Source: Daily Hornet