Understanding the dangers of IVC filters | Bart Durham Injury Law

Understanding the dangers of IVC filters

When people in Tennessee and elsewhere are at risk of developing blood clots or other complications, they may be candidates for the placement of inferior vena cava, or IVC, filters. These filters are small devices that are planted in the inferior vena cava, which is the largest vein in the body. IVC filters can be instrumental in preventing embolisms from blocking the pulmonary artery. Unfortunately, however, there are a number of risks associated with the use of such devices. In fact, 27 deaths and approximately 300 ailments are attributed to the use of one type of IVC filter, known as the Recovery filter, according to an NBC News report.

As a result of having IVC filters placed, some patients may be in danger of developing additional or worsened medical conditions. In some cases, people may suffer injuries to the area where the filter is inserted. Typically, such injuries occur in the neck or groin areas. Additionally, the vein may be damaged when the filter is being placed. During the procedure, for instance, the vein could become perforated. As a result, patients may require emergency surgery in order to repair the damage.


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Although IVC filters are meant to protect against blood clots, they are not always successful. Sometimes, blood clots may bypass IVC filters. This may cause patients to suffer pulmonary embolisms, a dangerous and potentially deadly medical condition. Furthermore, there are cases in which blood clots may form as a result of the filter itself. According to the University of Michigan Health System Department of Surgery, however, this is a rare occurrence.

Like any surgery, there are complications that may result due to the procedure. Some patients may have an allergic reaction to the x-ray dye or the local anesthetic that is used during the placement of IVC filters. In other cases, people may need blood transfusions or medications as a result of excessive bleeding caused by the procedure. Additionally, there is a chance that the filter could shift after it has been placed, which would necessitate an additional procedure to capture and reposition it.

Due to the complications associated with IVC filters, patients may need additional medical treatment and care. This often leads to undue medical costs and lost wages, among other damages. Thus, those who have experienced such situations may benefit from discussing their case with an attorney.

Injured by your IVC filter?

We are investigating injuries which may have been caused by potentially defective filters. Have you or a loved one had a retrievable IVC filter implanted? Has it migrated, fractured, perforated organs, or caused other injuries? We can help. Our attorneys have experience representing patients in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation against major manufacturers for allegedly defective drugs and medical devices.

Speak to an Injury Lawyer

If you've had an IVC filter implanted, our personal injury attorneys are interested in speaking with you. Contact us online or by telephone at 615-338-6177 or 866-468-6603 toll free to tell us about your case.

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