Why Use an IVC Filter?

When and why is an IVC filter used?

IVC filters are used to prevent pulmonary embolisms.  Pulmonary embolisms are blood clots that can potentially travel up through the body into the heart or lungs, thereby causing serious, and some times deadly injuries.  An IVC filter prevents the pulmonary embolism by being placed in the vena cava and capturing the blood clot in the following situations:

1.      Anticoagulants are contraindicated

An IVC filter can placed in the inferior vena cava when anticoagulant medication is not an option (“contraindicated”) to treat pulmonary thromboembolism.

2.      Failure of anticoagulant therapy

An IVC filter can be placed in the vena cava when anticoagulants fail in treating thromboembolic disease.

3.       Emergency treatment

An IVC filter can be placed in the inferior vena cava during emergency treatment for a massive pulmonary embolism where the benefits of other therapies are reduced.

4.       Chronic, recurrent pulmonary embolism

An IVC filter can be placed in the vena cava where anticoagulant therapy is contraindicated or completely failed with chronic, recurrent pulmonary embolism.

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