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
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