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IVC Filters Pose Risk to Patients in Wisconsin, Across Nation

Posted on Aug 14, 2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning doctors and patients about inferior vena cava (IVF) filters.  The filters are meant as a temporary treatment for those with thromboembolism.  Those suffering from the disorder may have many blood clots that can travel from the legs to the lungs; an often deadly event.

The FDA is concerned about the 921 adverse-event reports they have received since 2005.  The devices are made by 10 companies and all types are prone to device movement, migration, detachment of device parts, filter fracture and perforation of the inferior vena cava.  Any of these occurrences can be dangerous, even deadly. 

The dangers increase when the retrievable filter is left in the body for long periods of time.  The FDA is urging doctors to remove the filter when the risk of a blood clot in the lungs has passed.   In at least one instance a piece of a broken device traveled to the heart where it had to be removed during emergency surgery. 


If you believe that you are at risk or have been harmed by an IVC device please do not hesitate to contact your Milwaukee, Wis. pharmaceutical class action attorney at Hupy & Abraham today for your free consultation.

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