An Arkansas woman has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of her IVC filter, joining thousands of others seeking justice for their pain, which they say is a result of the medical device.
Kelly B. was the recipient of a Gunther Tulip made by Cook Medical LLC for the prevention of pulmonary embolism (PE), a deadly condition in which a blood clot travels through the blood stream and reaches the lungs. The device was implanted on May 23, 2011, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock by Dr. Kenneth V. Robbins.
Kelly says she was injured when the filter failed, resulting in dangerous complications.
One of the most common complications reported in connection with the Gunther Tulip is tilting of the device and perforation of the vein, the Daily Hornet reports. The device resembles a metal spider with needle-thin legs that have been known to erode within the vein and puncture through the vein wall.
One study found that 43 percent of patients who have received the Gunther Tulip IVC filter ended up with vein perforations in 437 days or less. The study also discovered that the Celect filter, also made by Cook Medical, had a 49 percent vein perforation rate in less than 27 days.
The study also found that older filters made of stainless steel, such as the Greenfield, had significantly less perforation rates: only 2 percent in a 286-day period.
Lawyers representing the injured patients accuse Cook Medical of manufacturing, marketing and selling defective medical devices without warning anyone, either patients or doctors, of the dangerous and potentially deadly side effects.
There are currently around 2,350 IVC filter lawsuits pending in a multi-district litigation against Cook medical alone.