Dangerous IVC Filters

Greenville Personal Injury Attorneys

IVC (inferior vena cava) filters are small wire devices which vaguely resemble a spider. These devices are temporarily placed in the inferior vena cava, which is a large vein which carries blood from the lower body up to the heart, and are designed to keep blood clots from entering the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism. They are a common alternative to medication for patients who cannot take blood thinners, and are implanted into roughly 250,000 patients each year.

Unfortunately, these devices can cause a number of serious and potentially fatal conditions. The most commonly used models include the Bard Recover G2 IVC filter, as well as the Celect and Gunther Tulip IVC filters from Cook Medical. If you or someone you love has been injured by one of these filters, call our firm to pursue justice.

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What Dangerous Conditions Can IVC Filters Cause?

Embolization is one of the most dangerous conditions these devices can cause. This is when a piece of the piece of the filter breaks off and travels to the heart. This can cause a number of extremely dangerous and potentially fatal conditions, including perforation of the heart, internal bleeding, heart attack, and arrhythmia. Symptoms of embolization include:

  • Shortness of breath or other breathing difficulties
  • Blood in saliva/mucus
  • Sudden and severe cough or coughing fits
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting
  • Sudden, sharp pain in the chest or back

Perforation occurs when the IVC filter, or a broken piece of it, pierces the inferior vena cava. This can lead to severe internal bleeding, a life threatening condition which can require emergency medical attention. Oftentimes, there are minor symptoms, or no symptoms at all. However, perforation may have occurred if you experience:

  • Weakness, fatigue or lightheadedness
  • Shorness of breath
  • Unusual dehydration or thirst
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea

A migration or shift in the position of the filter is extremely dangerous. This can lead to both embolization and perforation of critical internal blood vessels and organs. For this reason, the symptoms of either embolization or perforation can indicate a migration of the IVC filter.

Were You Injured by an IVC Filter?

If you have required surgery to remove an IVC filter, or if you have suffered any perforation or embolization, trust our firm to help you recover fair compensation for your injuries. At Christian & Davis, our Greenville personal injury attorneys are committed to making the world a safer place, and have more than 95 years of collective experience representing injury victims.

We can help you pursue justice for your injuries. Call our firm today at (864) 408-8890 for a free consultation.