Though an inferior vena cava filter can help reduce the risk of pulmonary embolism, it also can cause IVC filter complications or side effects. Victims of such injuries may be legally entitled to payments for their losses by means of an IVC filter lawsuit provided by Jim Adler & Associates.
A list of IVC filter side effects includes the following:
According to the Journal of Vascular Surgery, IVC filter placement is associated with “a high rate of serious complications” and “with death occurring in 3.7 per cent of patients.”
The journal reports that the most common complication is IVC filter penetration and perforation.
According to the National Institutes of Health, further studies are needed to evaluate fully the complications and side effects of retrievable IVC filters, which have come into wider use in the past decade. It’s believed such studies should focus on implantation and removal.
Already, many studies have been made of permanent IVC filters, which are the more traditional type in use.
Studies have shown that early diagnosis and management of side effects are important, since IVC filter complications can arise.
As for why IVC filters are used despite possibly harmful side effects, this often involves matters of need, as well as weighing the difference between risk and gain.
Often such filters are employed after surgery or an accident, which can place a patient in danger of developing a blood clot or pulmonary embolism. Such accidents or injuries can include:
Even so, IVC filters should not necessarily be used unless a patient has not achieved the desired results from taking anticoagulant medications first. In medical terms, that means blood thinning drugs are contraindicated, or ineffective. Yet often such blood thinners can, in fact, reduce the risk of blood clots without IVC filter implantation.
Patients who receive an IVC filter and then suffer complications or side effects have a legal right to seek economic recovery for their injury losses by means of an IVC filter lawsuit. Notify our law firm today for a free case review.