STUDIES SHOW 1 OUT OF 4 IVC FILTERS FRACTURE, CAUSING LETHAL INJURY
Interior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters are used in patients that have deep vein thrombosis in their legs to prevent blood clots that break off from traveling to the heart, lungs and brain. There are two types of filters, permanent and retrievable (meaning they can be removed after the emboli resolves), and the retrievable models manufactured by C.R. Bard (a unit of Johnson & Johnson) have reportedly caused the most complications in patients, including the fracturing and migration of the filter. When this happens, a patient can experience severe pain, bleeding, further embolus, and other life-threatening complications.
Possible complications from a fractured filter:
- Punctured Vena Cava
- Heart or Lung Perforation
- Chest Pain
- Hemorrhagic Pericardial Effusion or Other Hemorrhage
- Cardiac Tamponade or Pericardial Pamponade
- Shortness of Breath
While the Bard Recovery IVC Filters appear to have the highest injury rates, other devices have been associated with similar complications. If you or a loved one have experienced adverse effects due to a filter fracturing or migrating, contact the experienced lawyers of the Ruth Law Team for a free case evaluation. Email us or call now for a free consultation: 1-888-783-8378.