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IVC Filters are supposed to prevent health problems; instead they are causing them.
The devices are designed to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism ― but in some cases, they are causing the very condition they were designed to prevent. The octopus-looking devices, which have metal arms or “struts” to catch blood clots, are prone to break, move out of place or just fail.
IVC Filter complications often occur when the device fractures or breaks inside the body, causing catastrophic injuries.
Most IVC Filters are not intended for permanent placement or long-term use. The problems and risks are just too great. The longer the device stays inside the body, the harder it is to remove and the greater the risk for IVC Filter complications, including device fractures, migrations, tilting and embolization.
Since 2005, the Federal Drug Administration has been inundated with complaints about this controversial device. In 2010, and again in 2014, the agency recommended IVC Filters be removed as soon as the patient no longer needs protection against a deadly blood clot.
Despite the warnings, the devices are still being manufactured and sold at a rapid pace ― and left for long periods, even indefinitely, inside patients. A 2013 research study published in the Journal of Medical Association, or JAMA, looked at IVC Filter failure and discovered that only 58 out of 679 retrievable IVC filters in its study had been removed from patients.
Reported IVC Filter Problems Include:
Fracture of the IVC Filter
A fracture is when a piece of the device ― usually one of its metal extremities ― breaks apart inside the body. The splinters or shards can find their way to the heart or lungs.
IVC Filter Migration
Migration occurs when a device moves from its intended position to another area of the body. Migration can cause a device to become ineffective, shift to a position where it is impossible to remove, or cause organ perforation.
Perforation is a medical term used to describe the accidental penetration of an organ by a medical device.
Embolization occurs when components of a medical device become detached and pieces travel in the blood stream. The pieces can lodge in the blood vessels, puncture internal organs or travel into the heart or brain, causing a heart attack or stroke.
Tilting occurs when a medical device shifts over time and becomes titled, restricting its ability to do its intended job.
Irremovable IVC Filter
If an IVC Filter embeds in the wall of the inferior vena cava or another organ, it can be difficult or impossible to remove.
A blood clot in the lung that occurs when a clot in another part of the body moves through the blood stream and becomes lodged in the blood vessels of the lung.
Pressure on the heart which occurs when blood or fluid buildup in the space between the sac that encases the heart and the heart muscle. This can lead to organ failure, shock or even death.