IVC Filter Lawsuits
Inferior Vena Cava (“IVC”) filters are devices implanted by surgeons in the inferior vena cava of patients to prevent blood clots from traveling to the patient’s lungs. The device, pictured above, contains multiple prongs which are intended to rest against the walls of the inferior vena cava and catch any clots, preventing them from progressing through the body. Then, over time, the clots dissipate.
The device is intended to protect patients from pulmonary emboli, strokes and other clot-related complications. However, since 2005, the FDA has received hundreds of adverse event reports regarding injuries to patients from the IVC filters. Reported complications include fracture of the prongs of the device, migration of the device and damage to bodily organs.
In 2010, the FDA issued a warning regarding IVC filters. Specifically, the FDA cautioned that IVC filters carry a serious risk of breaking apart and traveling to other areas of the body, causing perforations and other serious injuries. In May of 2014, the FDA recommended that doctors remove IVC filters within a month or two after the risk of pulmonary embolism had passed, and not leave them in place indefinitely, noting that many doctors were not adequately warned about the importance of retrieving the devices. Recent studies have further confirmed that the risk of fracture or splintering of the device is high, posing a serious threat to patients who have received these devices.
The faulty design of IVC filters can result in the following complications:
- Filter migration
- Perforation of veins, arteries and organs
- Fracture of the filter • Internal bleeding
- Damage to the heart • Damage to the lungs
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