IVC Filters: Effective or a Major Risk?

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IVC Filters: Effective or a Major Risk?

IVC, or inferior vena cava, filters have been under much scrutiny over the past few years. Plaintiffs in a variety of cases have alleged that they’ve suffered unnecessary harm and complications as the result of IVC filters

These filters, once believed to reduce the risk of scrutiny, have come under fire for more than just their complicated side effects.

New Research Found

A variety of research now suggests that these filters have little to no effect at all. In a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers found that after 2 years, there was no change in mortality in patients at risk for pulmonary embolism.

Furthermore, the study suggests that risk increases when IVC filters are not removed. After 8 years, while the risk for pulmonary embolism decreased, the risk for deep vein thrombosis increased. IVC thrombosis can be deadly.

An FDA communication released in 2014 warns medical professionals about the risks that can occur when IVC filters are not removed in a timely manner.

Have you suffered complications due to an IVC filter? Do you believe that your IVC filter left in place longer than necessary? Contact our team today for a free evaluation of your case.

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