The Cordis TrapEase IVC filter is supposed to be permanent, but recent studies have found alarming rates of fracture as early as 2-3 years after it is implanted.
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Cordis TrapEase Lawsuits
In June 2016, lawyers for 115 people who were injured by the Cordis TrapEase or OptEase IVC filters asked judges to centralize the litigation in federal court. All of the victims developed severe, life-threatening side effects and required extensive medical treatment.
TrapEase is a wire blood clot filter made by Cordis Corporation. It is implanted in the inferior vena cava (IVC) to catch blood clots before they get into the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism.
TrapEase is a permanent filter with a rigid, star-shaped design. The design is similar to the OptEase, a temporary filter that is often implanted in trauma patients. Both have a low retrieval rate.
Study Links TrapEase and 50% Fracture Risk
In November 2011, TrapEase was linked to a 50% fracture risk in a small study published by researchers in Japan in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Between November 2002 and July 2006, 20 patients were implanted with the TrapEase. After an average of about 4 years (50 months), 10 filters (50%) were fractured.
The risk also increased over time, with about two-thirds of the filters fracturing in patients who had the filter for at least four years. In two cases, multiple struts were fractured.
The researchers warned that patients who “are at extremely high risk of strut fractures as early as 2 to 3 years” after placement of the TrapEase IVC filter. Although no life-threatening complications were reported in the study, fractured IVC filters can be deadly.
Case Reports of TrapEase IVC Filter Complications
In a case report from 2008, a 43 year-old woman who was implanted with the TrapEase went into cardiopulmonary arrest and died of ventricular tachycardia. An autopsy found the TrapEase embedded in a valve in her heart.
Safety Risks of TrapEase IVC Filter
- Embolization of broken pieces into the heart
- Perforation of vena cava
- Organ damage (heart, lungs, kidneys, etc.)
- Irregular heart rhythm
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- And more
TrapEase Class Action Lawyer
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm, but our lawyers are not filing a TrapEase class action. Instead, we are filing individual lawsuits against Cordis Corporation on behalf of people who suffered serious injuries.
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