The device was initially placed for dvt (deep vein thrombosis), because it was felt the pt was unreliable to take coumadin.
Date of placement was 1/23/1997, at another institution.
On 6/10/1998, the pt came into the e.
At the hosp due to severe abdominal pain.
A chest x-ray was done on a protable unit and the filter was noted.
The pt died within 4 hours of admittance and as a result, an autopsy was performed.
During the autopsy, a strut of the filter was found to have perforated the ivc and the aorta.
The pt had retroperitoneal hemorrhage, went into cardiac arrest and expired.
Additional info concerning the pt's previous medical history was not known.