IVC Filter Risks – Device Migration Problems

IVC Filter Risks

Picture of Bard IVC Filter

August 17, 2016 – San Diego, CA.   IVC Filters are used to help prevent blood clots from moving through the body by acting like a type of trap for a predetermined size of blood clot. They are inserted via a surgical process into the inferior vena cava (a large blood vein that extends from the lower torso up to the heart).

The risk of this device is called migration, where the legs of the filter can actually break off and travel through the body. This in turn leads to the possible risk of pulmonary embolism or the device can migrate into the lungs or heart causing potential life threatening situations.

What IVC Filter Brands break?

There are 4 brands of these IVC filters that are prone to breakage and they include:

Bard Peripheral Vascular

  • Recovery vena cava filter (discontinued)
  • G2 vena cava filter
  • G2 X vena cava filter
  • Eclipse vena cava filter

Boston Scientific products include:

  • Titanium Greenfield filter (TGF)
  • Percutaneous stainless steel Greenfield filter (12F SGF)
  • Stainless steel Greenfield filter (SGF) (Kimray-Greenfield filter)

B Braun Medical products include:

  • Vena Tech LGM vena cava filter
  • Vena Tech LP vena cava filter

Cook Medical products include:

  • Gianturco-Roehm Bird’s Nest filter (BNF)
  • Gunther Tulip vena cava filter
  • Celect vena cava filter

 FDA Issues High Level Warning for IVC Filters.

Early in 2005, the FDA started receiving 921 device adverse event reports involving IVC filters, they include:

  • 328 involved device migration.
  • 146 involved embolizations (detachment of device components).
  • 70 involved perforation of the IVC.
  • 56 involved filter fracture.

Some of these events led to adverse clinical outcomes in patients. These types of events may be related to a retrievable filter remaining in the body for long periods of time, beyond the time when the risk of pulmonary embolism (PE) has subsided.

The FDA is concerned that these retrievable IVC filters, intended for short-term placement, are not always removed once a patient’s risk for PE subsides. Known long term risks associated with IVC filters include but are not limited to lower limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT), filter fracture, filter migration, filter embolization and IVC perforation.

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