IVC Filter Symptoms
How Does the IVC Filter Injure Patients?
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are wire medical devices designed to prevent blood clots when blood thinners or anticoagulants are out of the question; unfortunately, these devices can be dangerous and even deadly. IVC filters may be, in theory, created to save lives, but in fact they can be dangerous. If you experience any of the IVC filter symptoms linked to a potential defect, seek medical treatment and speak with an attorney about your rights and the legal process ahead.
The IVC filter is set against the inferior vena cava walls, with metal pieces that make it appear “spider like.” Unfortunately, these devices can break apart. The metal pieces can be carried by the body’s bloodstream to the heart or lungs. The device should be used on a temporary, rather than permanent, basis. If it is not removed in a timely way, the risk of fracturing or disintegration becomes higher.
Doctors across the United States have reported the following problems with use of the IVC filter:
- Unable to remove
- Pulmonary embolism
- Compromised breathing
When Were the Problems Discovered?
The FDA published a warning regarding IVC filters in 2010. These warnings were updated in 2014. The FDA recommended that the devices should be removed within 29 and 54 days of implantation.
Discuss Your Rights with an IVC Filter Injury Lawyer
Blood clots can be deadly—but so can be the IVC filter. Many patients have suffered severe IVC filter symptoms and side effects, including injury or even death. There are ongoing lawsuits pending against C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. Call Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. at (713) 621-7944 and speak with our IVC filter attorneys for a free consultation if you or someone you know was injured by an IVC filter.