IVC filters, which is short for Inferior Vena Cava filters, are cone-shaped and have legs that extend to intercept and trap blood clots. IVC filters, also known as greenfield filters, are usually implanted in patients who are at risk of developing a pulmonary embolism or blood clot in the lungs.
Complications with IVC Filters
In April 2003, Bard introduced the Recovery IVC filter. As a result of several reports of broken filters, Bard redesigned the device and released the Bard G2 IVC filter in October 2005. This model was meant to be more resistant to fractures than its predecessor, but has now been the subject of numerous reports of IVC filter fracture and migration.
Many patients have reported experiencing serious problems, including:
- Heart or Lung Perforation
- Hemorrhagic Pericardial Effusion or Other Hemorrhage
- Cardiac Tamponade or Pericardial Pamponade
- Punctured Vena Cava
- Filter Fracture or Filter Migration
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