A growing number of lawsuits have been filed by people who were implanted with a vena cava filter and developed severe complications. Many of these lawsuits involve retrievable filters that broke, migrated, perforated internal organs, or needed to be removed with surgery.
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What is a Vena Cava Filter?
Vena cava filters are small, cage-like, wire devices that are used to capture blood clots inside the inferior vena cava, which is a major blood vessel between the lower part of the body and the heart. They are designed to prevent pulmonary embolism in patients who can’t take blood-thinning medications.
C.R. Bard retrievable IVC filters:
- Bard Recovery IVC Filter (withdrawn in 2005)
- Bard G2 IVC Filter
- Bard G2 Express IVC Filter
- Bard G2x
- Bard Meridian
- Bard Eclipse
- Bard Denali
Other retrievable IVC filters:
What is the problem?
In August 2010, the FDA published a Safety Communication to warn about an increasing number of adverse events linked to retrievable vena cava filters that remained in a patient’s body for long periods of time, beyond the time when they were not at risk of pulmonary embolism.
Since 2005, the FDA received 921 adverse events, including 328 involving migration, 146 involving embolization of broken filter components, 70 involving perforation of the vena cava, and 56 involving filter fracture.
When Should Vena Cava Filters be Removed?
In May 2014, the FDA recommended removing temporary vena cava filters within 29-54 days after implantation, so long as the patient’s risk of pulmonary embolism had passed.
- Vena cava filters can move from their intended position, which could make them ineffective or cause complications.
- Parts of the filter can break off and get stuck in the heart or lungs, where they are often impossible to remove safely.
- The filter may become clogged with blood clots, which could cut off circulation of blood to the heart.
- The filter can perforate the inferior vena cava or puncture internal organs.
- It may be impossible for a doctor to remove the filter without jeopardizing patient safety.
Study Questions Vena Cava Filter Safety & Effectiveness
In February 2012, the American Journal of Medicine published a study suggesting that vena cava filters only reduce mortality for unstable patients. Dr. Paul Stein, the lead researcher on the study, warned:
“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.”
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