Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a serious physical condition, which should be treated timely to avoid fatal consequences. Patients who cannot take anticoagulant medications are treated with IVC filters to prevent blood clots from forming in the lower extremities or pelvis from reaching the heart or lungs.
Retrievable IVC filters are porous barriers and are small cage-like metallic barriers which are implanted in the inferior vena cava (IVC). Physicians often consider implanting a retrievable IVC filter when a patient is diagnosed with recurrent pulmonary embolism.
The devices gained much popularity both amongst the patients and the physicians as a better alternative but soon after its release, there were plenty of negative reports associated with it.
The devices were found to be inherently wrongly structured and the victims stated the following Greenfield filter complications such as:
- filter fracture
- blood clot filter migration
- embolization (the struts moving to different parts of the body)
- perforation of the nerve or organ walls
- difficulty in removal surgery
Potential symptoms of IVC complications
With the rising number of negative reports of the IVC filters, the FDA was forced to mark it under high-risk devices. If you have IVC filter implanted and have been experiencing pain in different parts of your body coordinating with the various physical movements, get in touch with the doctir immediately.
Although the symptoms of a malfunctioning IVC filter might differ from patient to patient, some of the common side effects include:-
- Severe abdominal and back pain
- Pain in lower extremities
- Unusually high heart rate
- Chest pain
- Internal bleeding
Most recently, C.R. Bard, Inc. has been named for being associated with adverse complexities and the victims have filed for Greenfield filter lawsuit against the company for adulterated and misbranded device marketing.