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Cordis IVC filters named in eight new lawsuits

Eight new lawsuits have been filed against Cordis, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, over injuries allegedly incurred by inferior vena cava (IVC) filter failure. According to The Daily Hornet, Cordis Corporation is being sued for allegedly concealing side effects of the TrapEase, a permanent IVC filter, and the OptEase, a retrievable IVC filter. The eight plaintiffs have experienced injuries including filter tilt, filter fracture, vein perforation, fractured fragments embolizing in the lungs, blood clots, organ damage, and inability to retrieve the device. Alice J. of Texas was implanted with an OptEase IVC Filter on Sept. 19, 2014. Her lawsuit claims the ... Read More

Study: IVC Filters often prove ineffective, increase patient injury risks

Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are devices used to prevent pulmonary embolism, an often fatal condition where a blood clot detaches from a large vein in the leg and becomes lodged in the lungs. IVC filters are put into place in the largest vein in the body, the vena cava, to catch the blood clot and prevent it from reaching the lungs or heart. They are used when people are unable to safely use blood thinning medications. Many IVC filters are made to be permanent, but more modern designs are intended to be temporary. But, according to national data, the temporary, or retrievable IVC filters ... Read More

Multiple IVC Filter Arms Fracture, Travel Through Patient’s Heart

Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are a life saver for some, a life threat for others. The devices are cage-like in appearance, with metal wire legs that are meant to catch a blood clot before it reaches the heart or lungs. The filter is deployed using a sheath that is inserted into the largest vein in the body, the vena cava. Previously, IVC filters were permanent for the most part, used primarily in patients who could not tolerate anticoagulation medication. Medical device manufacturers such as C.R. Bard, Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Cordis, and Cook Medical have created a cheaper model intended to be temporary. ... Read More

Fractured IVC Filter Arm Lodged in Patient’s Heart

Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are devices that are designed to catch blood clots before reaching the heart or lungs, preventing pulmonary embolism. It is a device that resembles a spider with thin metal legs, and it is inserted into the vena cava, the largest vein in the body. They are mainly used for people that cannot tolerate anticoagulation medication, particularly in trauma patients. However, recent studies show that trauma patients do not benefit from IVC filter use. Permanent IVC filters were made with a sturdier, stronger design that helped reduce the number of adverse incidents, but when medical device manufacturers ... Read More

Bard Denali IVC Filter Arm Permanently Lodged In Patient’s Lung

According to an FDA Medsun report, a patient was being inserted with a Denali inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, made by C.R. Bard, when a fragment broke away. An IVC filter is a device that resembles a spider. It is inserted into the largest vein of the body, the vena cava, and is designed to prevent pulmonary embolism by catching blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs. Around 1,500 lawsuits have been filed against IVC filter manufacturers alleging their tendency to tilt, migrate, perforate, or fracture. The IVC filter was being inserted using the provided sheath for placement. When ... 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

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

Study Finds IVC Filters may Not Meet Safety and Effectiveness Criteria

In a recent study testing the safety and effectiveness of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters used to protect against pulmonary embolism (PE), researchers have concluded that the device fell short of criteria required to deem the device safe and effective. A pulmonary embolism is a severe condition that is often fatal. It occurs when a blood clot forms in a lower extremity and embolizes to the heart or lungs. Anticoagulation medication is used for treatment of recurrent embolism, but not all patients can tolerate the drugs. A vena cava filter is often used in place of anticoagulation medication. It is a ... Read More

Increase of IVC Filter Use is Due to Trends, Societal Recommendations, Study Finds

A study published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery found that the use of IVC filters increased by 350 percent between January 1998 and January 2008, primarily due to the release of statements in favor of IVC filter use. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the impact of societal guidelines on vena cava filter use at a national level, taking into consideration the marketing trends. After the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma released a favorable consensus in July 2002, IVC filter use jumped by 138 percent. When the Society of Interventional Radiology did the same in March 2006, the filter use increased again by 122 percent. ... Read More

Doctors Say Quebec Patient’s Temporary IVC Filter Can’t Be Removed

Recently, Health Canada issued a warning over inferior vena cava (IVC) blood clot filters that are inserted into the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body. The IVC filters are designed to catch blood clots, but have been known to migrate, tilt, perforate the vein and other organs, and fracture, causing metal wires to work their way through the bodies of patients. John Boehmer, a Gatineau, Quebec, resident, had a temporary IVC filter inserted following a surgical procedure. Eight months later, surgeons attempted to remove the filter, but failed after they discovered it was lodged in the wall of his vein. ... Read More