Susie Allen was only 49 years old when she was implanted with a Cook Celect IVC filter, a tiny, cage-like device placed inside the inferior vena cava (IVC) – a large vein that delivers deoxygenated blood from the lower extremities – designed to catch blood clots before they reach the heart. But something went horribly wrong. In January 2012, nearly four years after receiving the IVC filter, doctors discovered that the device had fractured inside her body. In July 2013, doctors discovered that one of the fractured legs of the filter had perforated her aortic wall – the main artery ... Read More
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