IVC Filters - Breakage and Migration
An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a cage-like wire device placed in the largest vein in the body to filter blood clots to prevent them from getting into the lungs. If a temporary filter is not removed, it can fracture and/or migrate, perforate nearby organs, and cause fatal side effects such as pulmonary embolisms.
IVC filters are primarily placed in patients with a high risk of pulmonary embolism, but who are unable to take blood-thinning drugs. Patients who receive a temporary filter will need follow-up surgery to remove the IVC as soon as the risk of pulmonary embolism subsides. When the follow-up surgery is not performed in a timely manner, patients’ risks of complications and injury significantly increase.
If you or someone you know has suffered health problems like those described above as a result of failure to timely remove an IVC filter, you will find it helpful to talk with a Kansas City IVC filter litigation attorney. We can represent you in a dangerous medical device injury claim or lawsuit to seek damages connected with the injuries suffered.
Contact a Kansas City IVC filter litigation attorney at the firm today if you or someone you know has suffered injury from complications associated with an IVC filter.