Defective IVC Filter Injuries Include:

  • Death
  • Stroke
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Filter can break into pieces that can damage the heart, lungs, or brain
  • Filter migration, the filter may move
  • Perforation, filter may tear, of the inferior vena cave, heart, lungs
  • Hemorrhage (severe bleeding)
  • Hemorrhaging or Internal Bleeding
  • Damage to the vein
  • Cardiac tamponade (a condition where fluid builds up in the space around the heart and interferes with heart function)
  • Blood clots may clog the filter, slowing blood flow into the lungs
  • Filter may lodge in the vein causing the IVC filter to be irremovable
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Since the introduction of the IVC filter in 2005, the FDA has received approximately 1000 adverse reports concerning them. Many of the reports allege that the IVC filters fragment and embolize within the body.

In a study published in 2012, a 12% rate of filter fracture associated with the IVC filters was found. The researchers also found that the rate of filter fracture increased with the amount of time the implant was in the patient’s body.

Unfortunately, just more than 50% of fractured IVC filters could be successfully removed. Although the body of the filter can often be removed successfully, the spider-like legs (or “struts”) often fracture and move to a position where retrieval is impossible.

The FDA issued a warning on August 9, 2010 entitled:

“Removing Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filters: Initial Communication”, which warned against leaving IVC filters in for extended periods of time, because they have a tendency to cause life threatening problems.

Products Involved:

Any of these IVC filters have been named in lawsuits regarding broken, migrated, or embedded units:

  • ALN - Optional
  • Argon - Option Elite
  • Bard - Recovery, G2, G2 Express (G2X), Eclipse, Denali, Meridian
  • Boston Scientific - Greenfield
  • Cook Medical - Celect, Gunther Tulip
  • Cordis - TrapEase, OptEase

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