IVC Filter

Injured by an IVC Filter?

Since the introduction of IVC filter in 2005, the FDA has received thousands of adverse reports involving these filters. Specifically, it was reported that the IVC filters fragment and migration in the body.

Goldberg Attorneys is filing lawsuits against the makers of the IVC filters for causing serious harm and death to people through out the country.

What is an IVC Filter?

IVC filters are small, cage-like devices that are inserted into the inferior vena cava to capture blood clots and prevent them from reaching the lungs. The inferior vena cava is the main vessel returning blood from the lower half of the body to the heart. IVC filters are frequently placed in patients at risk for pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs) when anticoagulant therapy cannot be used or is ineffective. IVC filters are designed to be permanent implants although some of these devices may have the option to be removed.

The FDA has received reports of adverse events and product problems associated with IVC filters. Types of reports include device migration, filter fracture, migration, perforation of the IVC, and difficulty removing the device. Some of these events led to adverse clinical outcomes such as:

  • Death
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Emergency removal of device
  • IVC filter migration
  • Perforation of tissue, vessels and organs
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Respiratory distress
  • Severe Pain
  • Shortness of breath

Removal of an IVC Filter

Unless there is a very good reason to keep the IVC filter in place, the FDA now recommends the removal of retrievable IVC filters.

According to a safety communication posted by the FDA in August of 2010, IVC filters are intended for short-term placement and have caused risks when left in long term including lower limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT), filter fracture, filter migration, filter embolization and IVC perforation.

Despite FDA Warnings, Physicians Were Not Removing the Filters.

Researchers discovered only 58 out of 679 (less than 10%) retrievable IVC filters inserted were actually removed. Other results discovered majority of the filters remained in patients longer than medically necessary with the following results:

  • 3 percent failed attempts at removing the filters
  • 8 percent had venous thrombotic events.

Approximately 25 of those events were pulmonary embolism.

If you or a loved one has had an ICV Filter and experienced complications, please contact or call Goldberg Attorneys 800-600-6014

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