Side Effects & Risks

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Side effects from the adverse events associated with these IVC filters include:
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Hypotension
  • Neck Pain
  • Chest Pain
  • Other Persistent Pain
  • Heart Rhythm Problems
  • Lung Injury
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Confusion
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Blood Clots
  • Stroke
  • Death

Side Effects & Risks

The risks associated with IVC filters are becoming more and more prevalent. In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an initial safety communication documenting the risks and adverse effects that have been connected with the placement of an IVC filter. The communication also urges doctors to be proactive in the observation of these blood clot filters, including the removal of the filters once the risk of pulmonary embolism subsides. The FDA updated this communication in 2014, again urging physicians to evaluate the risks and benefits of removing the filter.

In addition to highlighting the necessity of removing the filter, the FDA is continuing to collect data and information to determine the benefits of using IVC filters to prevent pulmonary embolisms, as well as the risks associated with the use of these filters. Some manufacturers are participating in an independent research study, known as the PRESERVE study, and others are conducting their own testing and research to understand the effectiveness of these filters in catching blood clots.

These IVC filters have been known to cause adverse events; these filters can move, break, fracture and perforate, resulting in a variety of side effects. The blood clot filter or fractured pieces of the filter can travel to the heart, lungs and other parts of the body and cause serious harm and even death. Some of the filters have even been known to cause blood clots at the site of the IVC filter.

In about 20% of cases, the IVC filters cannot be removed from the patient. If the filter cannot be removed, it will stay in your body for the rest of your life, potentially causing complications. Blood clot filters can sometimes not be removed due to it becoming stuck to the wall of the inferior vena cava, it becomes filled with blood clots, or other reasons.

In order to mitigate the likelihood of these side effects occurring, the FDA, along with various other independent researchers, have urged for the quick removal of the IVC filters whenever possible. Research has also shown that these filters are sometimes no more effective than blood thinners in preventing blood clots.

If you have experienced any of the above side effects or complications from a blood clot filter, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit, possibly resulting in IVC filter lawsuit settlements. Our team is here to help you understand blood clot filter lawsuits and your rights.

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