The Wisconsin pharmaceutical class action attorneys at Hupy & Abraham want to ensure that you have information on the conditions, medications and medical devices that affect you. In this article we will be looking at the blood clot disorder deep vein thrombosis (DVT). In addition we will offer an overview of the IVF filter that is often used to prevent clots from entering the lungs and its potential dangers.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- DVT- This blood clot disorder causes a blood clot to form in one or more of the deep veins in the body. The clots tend to form in the legs and sometimes cause pain. Sitting still for long periods of time and certain blood disorders can be risk factors for DVT. The danger of the condition stems from the fact that the clot may become dislodged and travel to the lungs.
- Pulmonary Embolism- This occurs when a blood clot enters the lungs. The event can be dangerous, even deadly. Warning signs of a pulmonary embolism include unexplained sudden shortness of breath, chest pain that worsens when you take a breath or cough, feeling lightheaded or fainting, coughing up blood and a sense of anxiety or nervousness.
- Treatments- Treatments for DVT include: clot busters, blood thinners, filters and compression stockings.
- IVF filters- IVF filters, sometimes used to prevent blood clots from reaching the lungs, are intended to be used on a temporary basis, usually following surgery. The filters work by breaking apart the clot before it reaches the lungs. However, the FDA has issued warnings against leaving these filters in too long. Incidents have been reported where the filter has punctured the vein or broken apart; sometimes causing serious injury and endangering the patient.