Hello, I’m attorney Rosemarie Bogdan and I’d like to tell you about a medical device called an IVC Filter.
An IVC Filter is a spider-like wire cage that’s implanted in the major vein that carries blood from the lower body into the heart. The IVC filter’s purpose is to prevent blood clots from entering the heart, lungs or brain. It is supposed to catch the clots while they are still in the bloodstream and allow them to break down over time.
So what are the side effects, problems and risks of IVC filters?
They can tilt, migrate through the bloodstream and even fracture. If this happens, the whole device or pieces of it can move through the blood, work their way through a vein wall and damage internal organs such as the heart or lungs.
Because of the dangers involved, the FDA issued a safety communication recommending when IVC filters should be removed. The FDA has suggested that if a patient’s transient risk for pulmonary embolism has passed, the risk/benefit profile begins to favor the removal of the IVC filter between 29 and 54 days after implantation.
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