IVC Filter Dangers

IVC Filter DangersIn general, patients do not receive an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter unless they are very sick and at high risk of a life-threatening pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs). For these patients, the benefits of an IVC filter outweigh the danger. However, the dangers of IVC filters increases substantially when patients receive temporary filters that are not retrieved after their risk of pulmonary embolism subsides.

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Do the Benefits Justify the Dangers?

Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are widely accepted in the medical community with little evidence of efficacy, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine in 2013. Other studies have raised concern about the dangers of IVC filters versus the benefit:

“It appears the vast majority of filters that are placed in patients with a pulmonary embolism may not reduce mortality. … Only a small percentage of patients suffering from a pulmonary embolism are in shock or in need of ventilation support, and therefore only a small proportion need a filter.”

Dangers of an IVC Filter

  • It can migrate (change position) or get stuck in an ineffective position where it fails to protect against blood clots.
  • It can erode or perforate the inferior vena cava, causing damage to blood vessels and internal organs.
  • It can break and fragments can travel in the bloodstream to vital organs, such as the heart (valves or right ventricle), lungs, or kidneys.
  • It can damage vital organs.
  • It may be impossible to remove, which increases a patient’s risk of long-term complications.

FDA Warning for IVC Filter Dangers

In August 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Safety Communication to warn that they received 921 adverse events involving retrievable IVC filters since 2005, including:

  • 328 reports of migration
  • 146 reports of embolizations (detachment of device components)
  • 70 reports of inferior vena cava perforation
  • 56 reports of filter fracture

The FDA was concerned that retrievable IVC filters, only intended for short-term protection against pulmonary embolism, were not being removed as soon as a patient’s risk of pulmonary embolism subsided.

Retrievable IVC filters include:

Cordis Optease IVC Filter Recall — May Be Implanted Backward

In March 2013, Cordis Corporation announced a Class 1 recall of the Cordis Optease retrievable IVC filter to clarify labeling instructions and minimize the risk of implanting the filter backward. The recall affected 33,000 units sold in the United States between May 2010 and April 2013.

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