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If you or somebody you know was injured by an IVC filter, please contact the attorneys at Aaronson and Rash for a free case evaluation. You can contact us at 1 (800) 515-1496.

What is an IVC Filter?
An IVC Filter, or inferior vena cava filter, is a small medical device that is implanted into a blood vessel with the same name. The metal spider looking device is supposed to reduce a patient’s risk of death by preventing blood clots from moving from a patient’s legs to a patient’s lungs, heart or brain. When patients who have deep vein thrombosis don’t respond to anticoagulation medications or blood thinners, doctors may insert an IVC filter to stop the blood clots from traveling to other parts of the body.

Both permanent and retrievable IVC filters are manufactured and used. The retrievable models have been associated with the most complications.

The two primary IVC filter manufacturers are C.R. Bard (unit of Johnson & Johnson) and Cook Group, Inc. Widely-used filters include Bard’s G2, G2x IVC, Recovery IVC and Cook’s Günther Tulip and Celect.

IVC Filter Life-Threatening Complications
While the IVC filter may prevent blood clots, the device is causing other life-threatening injuries. The filter is breaking apart and metal pieces have moved to other parts of the body causing perforations in organs including the heart and lungs. The improper movement of the IVC filter can cause severe bleeding, further blood clots and other life-threatening complications.
A study published in Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology in 2012 found that 100% of Cook IVC filters punctured the patient’s venal wall within 71 day of implantation. In 40% of patients, the IVC filter had tilted away from its original optimum position for capturing blood clots from the leg.
The retrievable IVC filter is not designed to be a long-term solution. Once a patient’s risk for pulmonary embolism is reduced, the temporary filter should be retrieved. In August 2010, the FDA issued an advisory after it had received 921 adverse event reports including filter migration, embolization, IVC perforations and filter fracture. The FDA reported the complications were related to the filter remaining in the body for long periods of time – long after the patient’s blood clotting problems had subsided. The FDA recommended removing the filter as soon as the protection from blood clot is no longer needed.

IVC Filter Side Effects

• Death
• Filter Fracture
• Severe pain in heart, chest or elsewhere
• Pulmonary embolus
• Migration of the filter
• Perforation of the heart, lungs, kidneys, or blood vessels
• Erosion into the inferior vena cava (IVC)
• Bleeding or fluid build-up around the heart (hemorrhagic pericardial effusion)
• Embolization of broken filter fragments

IVC Lawsuit
Patients who have been injured from one of these IVC filters may be eligible to seek damages for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Please contact our IVC lawyers at 1 (800) 515-1496 for a free case evaluation. If you prefer, you can also fill out the form on this page, and our attorneys will contact you.