IVC blood clot filters may break apart inside the body, causing serious side effects and even death.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received more than 900 reports of adverse events connected to the inferior vena cava (IVC) blood clot filter. These filters may break apart or move around inside the body, sometimes piercing veins or internal organs. The FDA has recommended that doctors using IVC blood clot filters remove them as soon as the threat of pulmonary embolism is gone. If you or a loved one has an IVC blood clot filter in your body, even if you haven’t suffered a side effect, call the Gold Shield Group toll free at 800-296-8318 to see if you qualify for a cash award.
What does an IVC Blood Clot Filter do?
If a blood clot reaches the lungs it can cause a pulmonary embolism, which can lead to death. IVC blood clot filters are designed to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs by catching them in a cage-like structure and allowing blood flow to break them up over time. The filters are implanted in the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body where low-oxygen returns to the lungs to be enriched with oxygen. Initially, the IVC blood clot filter was intended for people who could not use traditional blood thinners, but over time doctors began to implant them in patients regardless of their sensitivity to blood thinner medications.
How is an IVC Blood Clot Filter different from a Stent?
An IVC blood clot filter is not a stent. A stent is tube-like device that is inserted into an artery to prop it open and increase blood flow. Stent help prevent blood clots by preventing arteries from narrowing. An IVC blood clot filter is a cage-like device that looks like an umbrella with no fabric. An IVC blood clot filter is implanted in the inferior vena cava and prevents blood clots by catching fat and plaque on its “legs”. While both medical devices are associated with blood flow, they are very different in design and purpose. In addition, stents are always implanted permanently while IVC blood clot filters can be either temporary or permanent. Patients undergoing surgery are often implanted with a temporary IVC filter instead of, or in addition to getting blood thinners.
If you or a loved one had surgery to implant a blood clot filter and suffered serious side effects such as internal bleeding, puncture of veins or internal organs by filter pieces, or blood clots in the lower limbs, you may be entitled to a cash award. Even if you haven’t suffered side effects yet, call Gold Shield Group at 800-296-8318 to see if you qualify for a cash award.