Potential Hazards of IVC Filters

300dpi-IVC FilterThe inferior vena cava (IVC) is a large blood vessel that carries blood from the lower extremities to the heart and then on to the lungs. An IVC Filter, which can be permanent or retrievable, is used in people with an increased risk for pulmonary embolisms or “Deep Vein Thrombosis.” The IVC Filter is used to trap the pulmonary embolism and maintain blood flow to the heart and lungs.

Recent FDA reports, however, show that IVC filters might cause the patient more harm than good.  Since the year 2005, the FDA has received 921 device adverse event reports involving IVC filters.

Common issues that have been reported in individuals who have had the IVC Filter implanted are:

  • Device migration to another part of the body
  • Filter blockage
  • Filter tilting
  • In permanent IVC Filters, the filter becoming the source of a new clot

Some IVC filters have been linked to metallic failure – a complication in which the struts break off the filter causing the risk of major blood vessel perforations, life-threatening internal bleeding, stroke, or any combination of symptoms.

Roberts and Roberts has a team of experienced personal injury attorneys that are ready to help you. For nearly 30 years, the lawyers at Roberts and Roberts have worked hard to hold manufacturers accountable for their products and devices. If you are experiencing issues pertaining to an implanted IVC filter, call us. We can help. The call costs you nothing… it could mean everything.

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