Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters: Initial Communication: Risk of Adverse Events with Long Term Use
MedSun: Newsletter #52, September 2010

FDA MedWatch Safety Alert

The FDA is concerned that these retrievable IVC filters, intended for short-term placement, are not always removed once a patient's risk for PE subsides. Known long term risks associated with IVC filters include but are not limited to lower limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT), filter fracture, filter migration, filter embolization and IVC perforation.

Additional Information:

FDA MedWatch Safety Alert. Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters: Initial Communication: Risk of Adverse Events with Long Term Use. August 9, 2010.
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm221707.htm


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