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What Is Inferior Vena Cava Filter Thrombosis?

Rick Plezia June 27, 2016 Defective Medical Devices

IVC filters have come under scrutiny for causing a host of complications in patients, but inferior vena cava filter thrombosis is one of the most deadly IVC filter complications.

The inferior vena cava filter (IVC filter) is an umbrella-shaped medical device with legs intended to prevent blood clots from relocating from the lower ranges of the body to the heart or lungs. It is inserted into the largest vein in the body, the inferior vena cava, and is only intended to be temporary.

However, IVC filters have a high rate of device failure including migration, fracture, perforation and embolization. In many instances, removal of a failed IVC filter is impossible, and patients face life long complications from the devices.

When IVC filters cannot be removed from the inferior vena cava, doctors are also unable to remove the blood clots they catch. With prolonged time in the body, IVC filters and the blood clots they catch can actually begin to restrict blood flow through the inferior vena cava. This is called inferior vena cava filter thrombosis, and it’s presenting doctors with a challenging problem. Removing IVC filters that have perforated the inferior vena cava wall or fractured inside the inferior vena cava may be too risky, but so is leaving them inside the body.

Patients who have suffered complications from IVC filters are claiming device manufacturers failed to warn them of the risks. Lawsuits against manufacturers like C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, and Cordis Corporation are all making their way to court.

Cook Medical is the first to face IVC filter lawsuits in September and lawsuits against Bard are tentatively scheduled for early 2017. But American plaintiffs aren’t the only ones trying to hold the companies responsible: plaintiffs in Canada recently filed their own class action lawsuit against several manufacturers.

Get Legal Help After Inferior Vena Cava Filter Thrombosis

If you or someone you care about suffered an IVC Filter complication, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Only an experienced defective medical device lawyer can tell if your IVC filter case qualifies to be a part of the mass tort lawsuits already on file. Don’t delay; time limitations apply to your claim, so you should contact Rick Plezia & Associates immediately to learn more about these cases.