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Arizona Woman Files Lawsuit After IVC Filter Punctures Vein

An Arizona woman has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of her IVC filter after it tilted and punctured her vein. Rosalie L., from Tucson, Arizona, has filed a lawsuit against Argon Medical Devices Inc. and Rex Medical, L.P. over the malfunction of her inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, called the Option ELITE, reports the Daily Hornet.  IVC filters are cage-like devices created to catch blood clots in their thin metal legs, intercepting the clot before it can reach the heart or lungs, which would result in a deadly  pulmonary embolism. According to Science Daily, a new clinical study suggests that ... Read More

Higher Risk of Injury from IVC Filter with Longer Dwelling Time

For inferior vena cava (IVC) filters, the risk of injury increases with a longer dwelling time, according to tctMD.com. Despite a safety communication from the FDA in 2010, the device is still being left in place longer than recommended. Due to the fragile nature of IVC filters, the devices easily break apart or migrate, and have been known to do so even within the “safe” time limit. According to the safety communication, dated Aug. 9, 2010, the FDA recommends that the filter stay in place no longer than 29 to 54 days after implantation. “The message is that if you ... Read More

Lawsuit alleges injury after IVC filter fractured

A new lawsuit has been filed against Argon Medical Devices Inc. and Rex Medical, L.P. over their Option retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter that tilted and fractured. Permanent IVC filters have been in use since the 1960s with few complications. However, retrievable IVC filters have a high rate of failure. Potential complications from retrievable IVC filters include device fracture, migration, and perforation of the inferior vena cava, which can lead to embolism, organ damage, and death. The Daily Hornet reports that a lawsuit filed by Tamari W. from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, claims she was injured when her IVC filter failed. On ... Read More

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

C.R. Bard Blood Clot Filter linked to patient death

The family of Robert B. has filed a lawsuit against C. R. Bard, alleging his death was caused by a defective blood clot filter produced by the medical device manufacturer. Robert B. received a Meridian inferior vena cava (IVC) filter on Dec. 20, 2013. in an attempt to prevent blood clots from reaching his heart or lungs, a condition known as pulmonary embolism. The Meridian is a retrievable IVC filter – meant to be temporary – that closely resembles a spider with a hook at the tip used for retrieval when the risk of blood clots has passed. The Meridian IVC ... Read More

Death After IVC Filter implant sparks lawsuit against manufacturer

A lawsuit has been filed against B. Braun Medical Inc. alleging its inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is defective and led to a North Carolina man’s death. The lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Charlotte, North Carolina, and names B. Braun and subsidiary Aesculap Implant Systems as the defendants. The company is being accused of knowingly selling a defective filter that was used in Keith A. Waters to prevent pulmonary embolism. The IVC filter, which closely resembles a spider and is designed to catch blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs, was inserted in 2015. The filter fractured, sending fragments migrating through ... Read More

Retrievable IVC Filter Migrated, Tilted and Eroded

Anthony G. from California has filed a lawsuit against Rex Medical over its Option Retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, which migrated, tilted and eroded into his vein. Anthony was inserted with a retrievable IVC filter on Sept. 11, 2011 at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center in Carson City, Nevada, after a history of blood clots. An IVC filter is a cage-like device inserted the vena cava, the largest vein in the body, and is designed to catch blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs, resulting in pulmonary embolism (PE). Five years after the procedure, when he began experiencing shortness ... Read More

Retrievable IVC filter failure promps Lawsuit Against Rex Medical

An Oklahoma man has filed a lawsuit against Rex Medical alleging injuries related to the manufacturer’s inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, which was designed to be temporary but which doctors have been unable to remove. On Feb. 12, 2016, Ronald L. had an Option ELITE Retrievable IVC filter surgically inserted by doctors at Community Hospital in Oklahoma City. He had been admitted for hip surgery, and the filter was placed just in case he might form a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in the legs. The filter is designed catch blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs, resulting in pulmonary embolism. A DVT is ... Read More

IVC Filter Perforates Vein, Misses Blood Clots that Lodge in Lung

An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a cage-like device inserted into the vena cava, the largest vein in the body, and is designed to catch blood clots before they enter the heart or lungs. They are mainly used in patients who cannot tolerate blood thinners. Many times, however, IVC filters, particularly the temporary – or retrievable – designs, may pose more risk than reward. Shakira G. from New Jersey had the Option ELITE Retrievable IVC filter implanted on Oct. 20, 2014, at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. On April 25, 2015, a CT scan of her abdomen showed that the legs of Shakira’s ... Read More

IVC Filters May Be Overused, According to Study

A recent study published in January in Jama Network, an online medical journal, reports inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are possibly being used in patients who don’t need them. According to the study, a number of trauma patients were analyzed for necessity of IVC filters. The filter was used in some patients, but not used in others. The researchers concluded that there was “no significant difference” between patients who received them vs. patients who did not. Trauma patients were chosen for this study because they are at a higher risk of developing blood clots. The use of IVC filters seem to be rising, ... Read More