The longer the Crux vena cava filter remains implanted in a patient, the higher the risk of complications like fracture and movement. The manufacturer is involved in a massive clinical trial to fully investigate these risks.
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What is the Volcano Crux Vena Cava Filter?
Volcano Corporation manufactures the Crux Vena Cava Filter, a medical device that is implanted in the inferior vena cava (IVC) to catch blood clots before they travel to the lungs and cause a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
The Crux filter has a unique double helical design, which is intended to facilitate bidirectional retrieval (either through the femoral or jugular veins) and prevent tilting, migration, and penetration through the wall of the vena cava.
PRESERVE Study Investigates Crux Filter Safety
The PRESERVE clinical trial is the first large-scale, real-world study to investigate the safety of IVC filters, including the Crux filter and six other filters on the market.
The 5-year study began in early 2015 and will enroll about 2,100 patients, including at least 300 patients implanted with the Crux filter. It will specifically address concerns that retrievable filters can move or break, potentially causing significant health problems for patients.
What is the problem?
The FDA recommends removing IVC filters as soon as the patient no longer needs protection from blood clots — ideally, between 29 and 54 days after implantation.
However, studies indicate that only about 30-50% of retrievable filters are ever removed. The longer a filter remains implanted, the higher the risk of complications. Another problem is that retrievable filters were only studied for short-term safety and the long-term risks are unknown.
Safety Risks of IVC Filters
In August 2010, the FDA issued a Safety Communication after receiving 921 adverse event reports involving IVC filters since 2005. The agency was concerned about severe side effects, such as:
- Filter fracture
- Perforation of filter legs through the wall of the vena cava
- Internal bleeding (hemorrhage or hematoma)
- Organ perforation (heart, lungs, etc.)
- Movement of the filter or broken pieces to other parts of the body (embolization)
- Filter is clogged with blood clots and blocks blood circulation
- Surgery may not be able to remove broken pieces
- And more
Crux Vena Cava Filter Lawsuit
Hundreds of people who were injured by vena cava filters have already filed lawsuits, but not as part of a class action lawsuit. Instead, they are individual lawsuits that have been centralized in federal court.
Most of the cases are coordinated in a “mass-tort” or Multi-District Litigation (MDL) against Cook Medical and C.R. Bard. These manufacturers are accused of selling defective and dangerous medical devices without warning about potential risks.
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