IVC Filter Lawsuit
The Truth About IVC FILTERS
Inferior Vena Cava or IVC filters are designed to capture blood clots before they enter the lungs. When implanted, an IVC filter is inserted via a catheter through the femoral artery. The filter is then moved via the catheter into the inferior vena cava using fluoroscopic guidance. The filter is seated at the desired location, which is usually at the juncture of the inferior vena cava and the lowest renal vein. Placement of an IVC Filter was originally intended to be permanent.
Unfortunately, IVC filters are linked to serious complications that can be potentially life threatening, including but not limited to filter fracture or migration; perforation or puncture of the vein, nerves, lungs or heart; internal bleeding or hematoma; infection; a collection of lower extremity deep vein thrombi at the site of the filter; and pulmonary embolism.
In 2010, the FDA issued a safety alert about IVC filters. The alert warned that the FDA had received 921 reports of IVC Filter complications of which 328 involved device migration, 146 involved detachment of device components, 70 involved perforation of the Inferior Vena Cava, and 56 involved filter fracture.
In 2014, the FDA issued another safety alert calling for the removal of all such devices as soon as the risk of pulmonary embolism has passed. However, because some IVC Filters were meant to be permanently implanted, they can be very difficult to remove. An IVC Filter must be extracted through the jugular vein.