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Health Officials Issue Alert to Patients About the Risks of IVC Filters

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

IVC Filters Not Recommended for Cancer Patients

Patients who have been diagnosed with cancer are at increased risk for blood clots, especially venous thromboembolism (VTE), including pulmonary embolism (PE) and deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). Cancer treatments such as surgery and chemotherapy increase the risk even more. In a recent study, Alok Khorana, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic and colleagues are not in favor of using inferior vena cava (IVC) filters in cancer patients. The cage-like devices are designed to catch blood clots before reaching the heart or lungs, but they have been known to tilt, perforate the vein and organs, migrate, or fracture. Dr. Khorana remains positive about other options to help prevent blood clots. ... Read More

New Technique for Removing IVC Filters Shows 100 percent Removal Rate

Complications have been found to arise when both temporary and permanent blood clot filters are left in longer than three to six months. Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are a cage-like device implanted in the largest vein in the body. Its purpose is to catch blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs. But filters have been under scrutiny in the last year for their high rates of failure. Reported complications include the legs of the filter fracturing and traveling through the body, heart and/or lungs. Other complications reported include abdominal pain, tilting of the filter, and the filter ... Read More

Lawyers allege C.R. Bard’s IVC filters are ‘ticking time bombs’

Claims by patients across 16 different states have been consolidated into a class action lawsuit against C.R. Bard for the injuries and deaths allegedly caused by inferior vena cava (IVC) filters made by the medical device manufacturing giant. The lawsuit covers many Bard IVC filter products, including the Recovery Filter System, G2, G2 Express, Eclipse, G2X System, Meridian, and Denali. The patient injuries reportedly linked to the device include hemorrhaging, severe and persistent pain, and perforations of the tissue, vessels and organs. The filters are each based off the model made before – the Meridian’s design came from the Eclipse, which ... Read More

IVC filter use can increase the risk of additional clots, researchers have found

In a recent study published in Circulation, an online journal, researchers at UC Davis Health System have found that the use of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters may benefit a small portion of the patients who receive them, but can also increase the risk of more blood clots. “If a filter is used, I recommend removing it as soon as possible to help reduce the possibility of additional clots forming,” said Richard White, lead author and chief of general medicine and medical director of the anticoagulation service at UC Davis. “Decisions about the use of IVC filters have so far not been driven by good ... Read More

Study Estimated 40 percent of Bard’s Meridian IVC Filters Would Fracture Within 5.5 Years

It’s been a little more than a year since the multidistrict litigation (MDL) was created surrounding complaints about C.R. Bard‘s IVC filters, and already more than 1,000 actions have been filed. The litigation has been consolidated in Arizona federal court before U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell. The Meridian model IVC filter is no longer manufactured or sold in the U.S., but lawsuits continue to pile up against the device manufacturer for IVC filters alleging the same issues. The suits against Bard claim that the company knew, or should have known, about the devices’ alleged defects, including the tendency to fracture, ... Read More

IVC Filter Shatters, Sending Filter Arms Migrating Through Patient’s Body

According to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) complaint report, a Bard G2X IVC filter implanted into a patient six years ago was found to have severely migrated. An IVC filter is a cage-like device inserted into the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body. The filters are designed to catch blood clots and are used often in patients that cannot tolerate anticoagulation medication. But the devices, particularly temporary models, have been known to migrate, tilt, and perforate the vein and other organs. They’ve also been known to fracture, sending metal filter arms throughout the patient’s body. On two different dates last year, the patient’s hospital ... Read More

IVC Filter related Injuries and Deaths Could Be Prevented with Follow Up Care

Blood clots can be deadly, especially when you’re at risk of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. Blood-thinning drugs are often used to prevent blood clots for people at high risk. However, many are unable to take anticoagulation medication. For those, doctors often place a tiny filter inside the inferior vena cava (IVC) to catch blood clots, preventing them from reaching the heart or lungs. These filters – called IVC filters – are placed with the best of intentions, but the devices have been linked to dangerous risks all on their own. Those risks get exponentially greater if the filter is left ... Read More

Bariatric Surgery Patient Registry Shows Higher Mortality Rate with IVC Filter vs. Without

Bariatric surgery patients that received an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter to prevent pulmonary embolism (PE) had a significantly higher risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) with a higher mortality rate than patients that did not receive a filter, according to a large bariatric surgery registry. Jonathan D. Finks, MD, of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, reported in an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery meeting that out of 1,045 patients who received an IVC filter, VTE occurred in 1.8 percent. In a propensity-matched cohort, only .4 percent of patients without a filter experienced VTE. The 30-day mortality was .07 percent of patients with a filter, ... Read More

New IVC Filter Retrieval Technique Shows Promise

According to a study published in Radiology, an online medical journal, the most common reason behind failed inferior vena cava (IVC) filter removal is a tilted filter. When tilted, the IVC filter tip becomes embedded in the wall of the IVC, rendering the filter impossible to retrieve using cone device or loop-snare method. An IVC filter is a cage-like device inserted into the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body. The filters are designed to catch blood clots and are used often in patients that cannot tolerate anticoagulation medication. But the device has been known to migrate, tilt, and perforate the vein and other ... Read More