Newfoundland health officials are currently warning patients about the health risks of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters after Health Canada issued an alert regarding the device’s high failure rate. Health Canada’s alert was issued last July after receiving 121 reports of adverse complications such as migrating, tilting, fracture, perforation of organs, and death if the device is left in for more than 30 days. Canada health officials are suggesting that doctors should use clinical studies as a means to collect information to determine the long-term care a patient with this device may need. Both Western and Eastern Health of Newfoundland have identified ... Read More
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