What are IVC Filters?
IVC (or inferior vena cava) filters are devices implanted in patients who have a history of developing (or are otherwise at risk of developing) blood clots in the legs. Typical recipients include patients diagnosed with pulmonary embolism or DVT (deep vein thrombosis).
History of IVC Filters
The IVC filter was first commercially available in 2005. Since then, the FDA has received adverse reports concerning them, many alleging that the filters fragmented and embolized within the body. In 2010, the FDA issued a warning entitled “Removing Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filters: Initial Communication”. This warning was blunt:
FDA recommends that implanting physicians and clinicians responsible for the ongoing care of patients with retrievable IVC filters consider removing the filter as soon as protection from PE is no longer needed.
Further studies have shown that the rate of filter fracture increases with the length of time the implant remains in the patient’s body. It appears, however, that when an IVC filter fractures, many are unable to be removed successfully. When this happens, retrieval of fractured portions of the IVC filter may be impossible and leave the patient vulnerable to further injury.
IVC Filters Side Effects
There have been reports of serious side effects associated with IVC filters. Patients have reported IVC filters fracturing and migrating inside the body. This may place patients at risk of serious injuries including perforation of the inferior vena cava, as well as severe pain, bleeding, embolus and even death.
The major manufacturers of IVC filters include C.R. Bard and Cook Medical Inc. If you have suffered IVC filter complications after device implantation, you may be entitled to protect your legal rights with a IVC lawsuit.
Do I have an IVC Lawsuit?
Slater Slater Schulman LLP is currently investigating injuries suffered from recipients IVC implementation, including IVC migration, IVC fracture and IVC perforation. If you or a loved one suffered from these complications, you may have a potential IVC lawsuit. Our firm handles IVC Lawsuits related to these injuries nationwide.
If you or someone you love has suffered any of the IVC complications listed above, contact Slater Slater Schulman LLP for a free consultation with an IVC attorney by filling out the form on this page or by calling us at (800) 251-6990.
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