Vena Cava Filters

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Defective Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters Have Been Linked to Serious Injury and Death Serious complications such as filter fracture, migration, and perforation of vital organs, arising out of the implantation of a defective Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter, including the Bard Peripheral Vascular Recovery™ and G2™ IVC filters, have been associated with life-threatening injuries and death.

Many companies manufacture and sell IVC filter devices. However, the Bard Peripheral Vascular RecoveryTM and G2TM IVC filter models have been associated with a particularly high rate of fracture and migration which may be attributed to the filters’ design. The RecoveryTM filter, which was commercially available from April 2003 to October 2005, was voluntarily removed from the market by the manufacturer in 2005 and replaced by the G2TM model which was modified to reduce filter fracture and migration.

Serious Injuries Associated with IVC Filter Fracture and Migration

IVC filters have the potential to fracture. The “struts” or “legs” of the filters can break off and migrate (travel) from the vena cava to other parts of the body, including vital organs such as the heart or lungs. Complications associated with device fracture and migration may include:

  • “Cardiac tamponade” (a life threatening condition involving bleeding in and around the heart)
  • Internal bleeding
  • Perforation, puncture, or other serious damage to the inferior vena cava wall and/or the heart or lungs
  • Hematoma or nerve injury at the puncture site
  • Constant severe pain in the heart, chest or elsewhere in the body
  • Pulmonary embolus
  • Respiratory distress
  • Infection
  • Other serious injury and death

Warning signs of device failure include sudden onset of chest or other bodily pain following implantation.

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