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New Study Shows Some IVC Filters Tilt More Than Others

Posted on August 6, 2016

The inferior vena cava (IVC) is a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood from the lower and middle of the body to the heart and lungs. IVC filters are tiny, spider-like wire devices inserted into the IVC to prevent blood clots from entering the heart or lungs. They are often used in patients with clotting issues who can’t tolerate anticoagulant medications (blood thinners).

Unfortunately, IVC filters have been known to cause serious health problems when they migrate out of place, tilt, break into pieces and puncture organs, or impede blood flow. Though made to be retrievable, this is not always easy or possible when they become tilted, break up, or migrate.

A study presented at the 2016 Society of Interventional Radiology Meeting suggests that certain brands of IVC filters are more likely to tilt than others. The study compared IVC filters made by three leading manufacturers, Denali, AVN, and Option. The conclusion was that IVC filters designed and manufactured by Option had a greater chance of becoming tilted. A tilted IVC filter is less effective, is harder to retrieve, and more likely to break up during retrieval.

When an IVC filter breaks up, its pieces can migrate and become lodged in the heart or lungs. If you have an IVC filter in your body, you should see a physician immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • High blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Chest and neck pain
  • Confusion
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Problems of heart rhythm

If you or a loved one has suffered side effects or complications from an IVC filter, compensation may be available. To get the settlement you deserve, you need the representation of a skilled product liability attorney. Farah & Farah can help you secure a settlement worthy of your injuries. We are currently investigating IVC filter related injuries nationwide. Call Farah & Farah today for a free consultation at (800) 533-3555.