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IVC Filter Fragment Lodged in Lung; lawsuit results

A New Jersey woman filed a lawsuit against Rex Medical for a fragment of a broken inferior vena cava (IVC) filter that became lodged in her lung. Cindy H. was implanted with a retrievable IVC filter called the Option ELITE on Aug. 5, 2010 at Virtua Voorhees Hospital in New Jersey, the Daily Hornet reports. The purpose of the filter was to prevent blood clots from traveling to her lungs, which would result in life-threatening pulmonary embolism. On Oct. 20, 2015, Cindy underwent a procedure to have the filter removed after the threat of blood clots had passed. Her doctors discovered that the filter was ... Read More

After Three Failed Attempts, retrievable IVC Filter Could Not be Removed

When Jesse K. was in a car accident, Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, implanted an Option ELITE Retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter on Dec. 7, 2015, even though he did not have a blood clot. An IVC filter is a device that resembles a spider, inserted into the largest vein in the body, the vena cava. It is designed to catch blood clots before they enter the heart or lungs causing pulmonary embolism. Some IVC filters are designed to stay in the body permanently and others are made to be temporary, or retrievable. Retrievable IVC filters are recommended by the U.S. Food and ... Read More

Alabama man files lawsuit alleging injuries linked to retrievable IVC filter

When Billy J. S., an Alabama resident, was found to be at serious risk for a blood clot in January 2007, he was implanted with a Recovery inferior vena cava (IVC) filter at a local hospital in the state. The filter is a small, cage-like device inserted into the inferior vena cava to capture blood clots and prevent them from reaching the lungs. Billy didn’t know that the Recovery filter had been pulled from the market two years earlier due to reported injuries and deaths linked to the device. No recall or safety warnings were issued. Doctors and patients remained unaware ... Read More

Alabama Man Files IVC Filter Lawsuit Against C.R. Bard

Kyler K., an Alabama resident, has joined more than 1,400 others in a lawsuit against C.R. Bard for problems allegedly tied to the company’s inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, which his lawsuit says failed. Kyler was implanted with a Meridian IVC filter on April 23, 2013. This model is a fifth generation temporary design that was approved for sale in 2011. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that temporary, or retrievable, IVC filters be removed between 29 and 54 days.. However, in many cases, if the filter has migrated or perforated the vein, the device is rendered impossible to retrieve. The risk of injury ... Read More

Man with ‘Unretrievable’ IVC Filter Finally Has It Removed

After John Boehmer of Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, had a surgical procedure, he was implanted with an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter to catch blood clots travelling through his body. Eight months later, when doctors tried to remove the filter, they discovered it was lodged in the wall of Boehmer’s vein. Doctors rendered it unretrievable. “The source of all this, as far as I’m concerned, is the manufacturer,” Boehmer told CTV News in an interview. “The device was supposed to be retrievable. It wasn’t. What’s your backup plan?” Boehmer was left in a constant state of anxiety, wondering what would happen to the temporary ... Read More

Doctor Says ‘No Standardization’ for IVC filter Use in the Medical Community

A Canadian man who was at risk for pulmonary embolism following joint surgery received a temporary IVC filter, because he was unable to tolerate anticoagulation medication. Although temporary IVC filters are supposed to be retrieved in four to six weeks at the most, the filter was left in the patient’s body for eight months. During that time, the filter became lodged into the wall of a vein and nearly punctured his pancreas. However, doctors are unable to retrieve the IVC filter. The patient now lives in a state of fear that the filter will migrate further, puncture the wall of ... Read More

Non-Removal of IVC Filter Could Lead to IVC Thrombosis

According to a recent report in MedPage Today, clinicians advise that placing inferior vena cava (IVC)  filters without scheduling plans for removal is likely responsible for the increasing number of IVC thrombosis cases. The inferior vena cava is the largest vein in the body, and an IVC filter is a cage-like device implanted in that vein. Its purpose is to catch blood clots, preventing them from reaching the heart or lungs, particularly in patients that cannot take anticoagulation medication. Retrievable IVC models are meant to be temporary, and the FDA recommends retrieval between 29 and 54 days after insertion. However, the retrievable IVC filters have a tendency to fracture, ... Read More

Woman Suffers Years with Abdominal Pain; IVC Filter Fragment Lodged in Her Duodenum

A 67-year-old woman complained to her primary care physician of persistent abdominal pain that she had endured for four years. She described the pain as a dull ache that persisted constantly, made worse by movement and eating. When the physician looked into her medical history, he saw that she previously had multiple instances of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and hypercoagulability. She had received a Günther Tulip vena cava filter made by Cook Medical five years prior. Because of a lack of other symptoms, an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) was performed. Everything seemed normal at first, until the scope was advanced further. A thin, metallic ... Read More

Study indicates IVC Filters May Increase Blood Clot risk

Researchers at the UC Davis Health System have found that inferior vena cava filters  (IVC filters) may increase the risk of new blood clots. The findings were published in Circulation, an online journal sponsored by the American Heart Association. The study was conducted mainly to distinguish what kinds of patients should receive an IVC filter and which should not. The IVC filter is a cage-like device that is inserted into the vena cava, the largest vein in the body. It is used most often in patients that cannot tolerate blood thinning medication. The fingers of the cage are intended to catch blood clots, preventing pulmonary embolism. ... Read More

Michigan Woman allegedly Injured by C.R. Bard’s G2 IVC Filter

In 2006, Lisa Davis was implanted with a G2 inferior vena cava (IVC) filter made by C.R. Bard. An IVC filter is a spider-like device inserted into the inferior vena cava (the largest vein in the body) designed to catch blood clots that could make their way to the lungs and/or heart, resulting in pulmonary embolism. The G2 is a retrievable model, which is designed to be inserted only temporarily, and then removed between 29 and 54 days after implantation. If the filter is left in place longer than recommended, the patient is at risk for the filter to migrate, puncture organs and walls of ... Read More