IVC FILTER

IVC Filters (inferior vena cava filters) are medical devices implanted in the vena cava vein to filter blood clots from traveling to arteries in the lungs (pulmonary arteries). Filters are made of nickel titanium alloy and are Class II 510(k) devices.

- The Bard "Recovery" was approved on July 25, 2003 and the "G2" on August 29, 2005. The Recovery was "silently recalled" by Bard in 2005 just before they received approval for the G2. Both Bard and Cook Medical also have several other IVC models on the market. -Injury is fracture of the filter device and migration of the metal pieces to the heart, lungs and other organs. -Fracture can be identified with imaging like a CT scan. Once the filter has failed, surgery to remove the device and the broken pieces may occur. -It may also be too dangerous to remove the fractured components due to the risk of further injury and/or death.

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