One of the newest inferior vena cava (IVC) filters manufactured by C.R. Bard is the Meridian Vena Cava Filter. It is a retrievable filter intended for short-term protection against blood-clots. If it is not removed, patients could develop life-threatening complications.
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Meridian IVC Filter Information
C.R. Bard manufactures the Meridian Vena Cava Filter, a medical device that is designed to prevent blood clots from entering the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism.
The electropolished finish is designed to increase resistance to fractures. Strategically-placed anchors also help resist migration, which decreases the likelihood of fracture. However, some doctors have complained that the extra anchors make it a little more difficult to disengage from the vessel wall.
What is the problem?
Since 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received over 900 reports of complications associated with retrievable IVC filters. The FDA published a Safety Communication in 2010, warning:
“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), filter fracture, filter migration, filter embolization and IVC perforation.”
Meridian IVC Filter Fracture
The longer a retrievable IVC filter is left in a patient, the higher the risk of filter fracture. When this occurs, pieces of a broken filter can travel in the body and get trapped in other organs. In some cases, the risk of trying to remove the filter is more dangerous than the risk of complications.
In 2012, a study published in JVIR found that 12% of Bard Recovery, G2, and G2 Express IVC filters fractured (63 out of 548 patients). Embolization events occurred in 13% of cases. However, doctors were able to successfully remove fractured components in 53% of cases.
- Internal bleeding
- Cardiac or pericardial tamponade
- Perforation of the inferior vena cava
- Organ damage
- Chest pain
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