Three Main Complications Of IVC Filter

Retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters or commonly termed as the blood clot filters are implanted in patients with the risk of developing life-threatening blood clots or as called acute pulmonary embolism. It is specially helpful for those who cannot take the anticoagulation therapy and has been prescribed to millions of patients since 2010.

Since its release, the IVC filters were considered to be a safe and effective alternative to cure the PE in patients who fails to take blood thinners. But soon there were reports about blood clot filter side effects and most of them were life threatening complications.

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Side Effects of IVC Filter

  • IVC Filter Migration

The retrievable blood clot filters are generally made of high-tech alloys. Although they are intended to be permanent in nature, the defective design causes to detach themselves from the intended location and migrate to other parts of the body. On it way, the struts perforate the nerve walls or organs. Chest pain, unusual heart rates, ventricular arrhythmia (rapid heart rhythms), palpitation are the common symptoms of embolization.

  • Organ perforation

The defective designs have the risk of breakage after the implant and there have been incidents where the nerve walls got perforated while initially placing it. The same risk persists during the removal surgery as well and can cause life risking situations including sepsis, gastrointestinal bleeding, retroperitoneal hematoma, and air embolism.

  • IVC Filter Thrombosis

Defective IVC filters can form blood clots in itself which is categorized as a subtype of DVT and can cause serious complications like pulmonary embolism, painful swellings in inflammation, thighs and legs, lower back pain and chronic fever.

The victims of the defective IVC filter blames how the manufacturing company concealed the fact about the risks associated with the device. They misbranded them without paying heed to the public health and safety.

To understand whether your case is eligible for financial compensation if you have suffered from the undue pain and loss with the implant of the IVC filter, get in touch with the expert team of Visit or dial 1(855) 631-1338 to know about the details of the lawsuit and how to proceed with.


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