Inferior Vena Cava Filters
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Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters may be harmful, says FDA
August 9, 2010--The Food and Drug Administration today issued an alert about the possible risks involving Inferior Vena Cava filters. Our attorneys are currently speaking with people who say they were harmed by these medical devices.
Since 2005, the FDA has received 921 reports of problems involving an IVC filter. They included the following
Some of these events led to adverse clinical outcomes in patients.
Read the 8/09/2010 FDA Medwatch Alert about Inferior Vena Cava filters
According to the FDA, these types of events may be related to a retrievable filter remaining in the body for long periods of time, beyond the time when the risk of pulmonary embolism (PE) has subsided.
The FDA is concerned that these retrievable IVC filters, intended for short-term placement, are not always removed once a patient’s risk for PE subsides. Known long term risks associated with IVC filters include but are not limited to lower limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT), IVC filter fracture, filter migration, filter embolization and IVC perforation.
Due to these risks, the FDA is recommending that physicians who implant these devices, and also health care workers responsible for the ongoing care of patients with retrievable IVC filters, consider removing the filter as soon as protection from pulmonary embolism is no longer needed. FDA encourages all physicians involved in the treatment and follow-up of IVC filter recipients to consider the risks and benefits of filter removal for each patient.
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