We’ve previously reported on IVC filters—small, cage-like devices designed to prevent blood clots from reaching the lungs, and most commonly used in patients that cannot take blood-thinners or for whom blood-thinners are not effective.
Unfortunately, the “temporary” and “retrievable” devices are often anything but. In 2014, the Food and Drug Administration warned that IVC devices can move inside the body or break up into tiny pieces, causing serious injury to the heart, lungs, or other organs.
Now, a recent study suggests that the risk of IVC use may outweigh the benefits for nearly all patients. According to an article published in the scientific journal JAMA Surgical, there was “no significant difference in survival in trauma patients with vs. without placement of an IVC filter, whether in the presence or absence of venous thrombosis.” Check-ups at six months and one year also showed no significant differences.
Our team of attorneys continues to investigate IVC devices made by C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. If you or a loved one received an IVC filter—even if the filter is still in place—contact us today for a free case review.
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