IVC filters are small devices inserted into the inferior vena cava via access to the jugular or femoral vein. The umbrella-like filter shape allows the device to catch clots traveling through the bloodstream before they can reach vulnerable organs, preventing complications such as pulmonary embolism. However, the filters are not as safe as they are held out to be by their manufacturers. In fact, hundreds of adverse event reports have been received by the FDA involving complications from IVC filters. Patient injuries caused by IVC filters include:
IVC filter migration, fracture and/or perforation, requiring surgical attempts (if possible) to remove the filter or fragments
Tilting of the IVC filter
The inability to retrieve the IVC filter
Stroke, and even death
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury associated with an IVC filter, please contact The D’Onofrio Firm, LLC, at once.