The Cook Günther Tulip is a retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter designed to prevent pulmonary embolism. If it is not retrieved, there is a higher risk of life-threatening side effects, including embolization, fracture, migration, organ damage, and more.
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Günther Tulip Lawsuits
- May 31, 2016 — A man from Texas who was injured by a Günther Tulip vena cava filter has filed a federal lawsuit against Cook Medical. Click here to read more.
What is the Cook Günther Tulip?
Cook Medical created the Günther Tulip in the 1990s and received approval in the United States in 2003. The device consists of 4 legs, each 44-mm in length, and has 12 filter wires in total. The Günther Tulip is implanted in a patient’s inferior vena cava (IVC) to catch blood clots before they enter the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism. The design helps trap blood clots in the top of the filter while still allowing blood to flow through the vena cava.
The Günther Tulip is a retrievable IVC filter, which means it is intended for short-term treatment and should be removed as soon as the patient is no longer at risk of pulmonary embolism. Retrieval is most likely to be successful within 3 to 4 months of placement.
What is the problem?
The FDA is concerned that retrievable IVC filters, intended for short-term placement, are not always removed once a patient’s risk of pulmonary embolism subsides. According to the Safety Communication published in August 2010:
“Since 2005, the FDA has received 921 device adverse event reports involving IVC filters, of which 328 involved device migration, 146 involved embolizations (detachment of device components), 70 involved perforation of the IVC, and 56 involved filter fracture. Some of these events led to adverse clinical outcomes in patients.”
Study of Günther Tulip Complications
The journal Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology published a study in 2012 that involved 50 patients who received a Günther Tulip or a Cook Celect IVC filter between 2007 and 2009. During the study, 100% of the filters eroded into the vena caval wall within 71 days. Overall, 86% perforated the vena cava and 40% tilted into the vena cava.
Risks & Complications
- Embolization of filter components
- Erosion through the inferior vena cava
- Arterial hemorrhage
- Organ damage
- Heart attack or arrhythmia
- Need for additional surgery
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