Have you or someone you know had an Inferior Vena Cava filter (IVC Filter) implanted in your vein?  Have you or a loved one ever suffered side effects or injuries from an IVC Filter?  If so, the attorneys at the Keith Williams Law Group may be able to help.

What Are IVC Filters?

IVC Filters are medical devices that are inserted into the inferior vena cava (IVC), which is a major vein that carries blood to the heart.  IVC Filters are intended to prevent blood clots from getting to the heart, lungs, and other organs by catching them before they get there and then letting them break down gradually.  The devices are often implanted into patients who are at risk of pulmonary embolism, especially those who cannot take medications to prevent blood clots.  There are a number of manufacturers of IVC filters, including C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, Cordis Corporation, and Boston Scientific.

What Potential Problems Are Associated With IVC Filters?

Unfortunately, there have been numerous reports of problems associated with these filters.  In a 2010 FDA Safety Communication, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration noted that since 2005, they had received 921 adverse reports involving IVC filters.  In those reports, 328 involved migration of the device, 146 involved embolizations (when device components become detached), 70 involved perforation of the Interior Vena Cava itself, and 56 involved fracture of the IVC filter.

The FDA noted that long term risks associated with IVC filters include lower limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT), filter fracture, filter migration, filter embolization and perforation of the Interior Vena Cava.

In 2014, the FDA issued an Updated Safety Communication, again noting the reported adverse events and product problems associated with IVC Filters, also noting difficulty removing the filters as a reported problem.  The FDA further recommended considering removal of retrievable IVC filters as soon as protection from pulmonary embolism is no longer needed by the patient.

What Are Potential Injuries From IVC Filter Failures?

Among the potential injuries that could be experienced when an IVC filter fails are the following:

  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Heart rhythm problems
  • Low blood pressure
  • Lightheadedness
  • Neck pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Internal bleeding/hemorrhaging
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Stroke
  • Death

Have You Been Injured By An IVC Filter Implant?

If you or a family member has received an IVC filter and been injured as a result, the attorneys at the Keith Williams Law Group are here to assist you in considering your legal options.  If you or someone you know has been suffered any of these problems, contact the Keith Williams Law Group for a free evaluation.