IVC Filters Can Cause Life Threatening Injuries – Study
The Alabama IVC filter attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt have the experience you want if you have been injured by this commonly used medical device.
An IVC filter is a small umbrella or spider-like device that gets implanted into the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body. The filter’s purpose is to prevent deadly blood clots from travelling from the lower extremities of a patient into the lungs or any other vital organ. An IVC filter is often used when a patient is unable tolerate an anticoagulant drug, or the risk of embolism is temporary.
Use of IVC Filters on The Rise
The use of IVC filters has been on the rise for many years, especially since large manufacturers have developed and marketed retrievable models. It is estimated that in 2012 alone, patients received approximately 250,000 IVC filters.
As the use of IVC filters has grown more common so have reports of injuries. Hundreds of IVC filter recipients have filed lawsuits seeking to recover monetary compensation for some of the injuries they have suffered. If you have suffered an injury because of an IVC filter, contact the Alabama IVC filter lawyers at Farris, Riley & Pitt. We may be able to help you recover a monetary award to help pay for your medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Evidence that IVC Filters Can Be Dangerous
In 2013, the American College of Surgery conducted a study of 262 patients who received IVC filters between December 2006 and January 2009. The study revealed that an astounding 46% of filters broke or migrated and caused penetration of the inferior vena cava or surrounding organs. Retrievable filters caused the vast majority of the injuries.
Specific injuries caused by the filters included:
- 12 penetrations of the aorta
- 26 penetrations of the duodenum
- 6 cases involving the spine, colon or kidney
- 7 cases of the device simultaneously penetrating two organs
- 100 filters with struts adjacent to the vena cava possibly indicating penetration
One can only imagine the pain and discomfort associated with these types of injuries and the subsequent surgery necessary remove the broken devices or otherwise repair the damage. If this has happened to you or someone you love, call an IVC filter attorney. You may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer.
FDA Recommends IVC Filter Removal
Perhaps even more disturbing than the injuries themselves, is the finding that during the three year period studied only 1.6 percent of the temporary filters had ever been removed from patients. The study showed that perforation was closely associated with the type of IVC filter and the length of time it was in place. Most of the damage to patients was done by retrievable IVC filters, after at least 30 days.
In 2010 and 2014 the FDA shared their concerns and recommendations with the medical community about IVC filters. The notices were issued in response to growing concerns over the safety and use of IVC filters. The 2010 notice stated:
“Since 2005, the FDA has received 921 device adverse event reports involving IVC filters, of which 328 involved device migration, 146 involved embolization (detachment of device components), 70 involved perforation of the IVC, and 56 involved filter fracture. Some of these events led to adverse clinical outcomes in patients. These types of events may be related to a retrievable filter remaining in the body for long periods of time, beyond the time when the risk of PE has subsided.
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.”
FDA Has Lingering Concerns Over IVC Filters
The FDA’s lingering concerns about the safety of IVC filters were evident in 2014 when an updated notice was issued. The FDA reiterated its recommendation that doctors consider removing the filter as soon as the danger of embolism has passed and the protection is no longer needed. There are indications that the longer a retrievable filter remains in the body the greater its chances of breaking or migrating and the harder it may be to remove. The FDA reminded the medical community that it was their responsibility to follow up with patients who received IVC filters.
Contact IVC Filter Attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt to Learn More about IVC Filter Litigation
If you have been injured by an IVC filter you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The Gunther Tulip and Cook Celect, manufactured by Cook Medical, Inc., and the Bard Recovery, G2, and G2 Express, manufactured by C.R. Bard, are the devices at the center of two MDLs that involve hundreds of lawsuits.
These cases allege that the IVC filters in question were designed and made defectively and that the manufacturers failed to warn of the dangers and risks associated with using them. The plaintiffs are seeking monetary damages for their pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
Find out what your legal rights are if you have Bard or Cook IVC filter. The Alabama defective medical device attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt can evaluate your case for free and determine whether or not you are entitled to bring an IVC filter lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries.
Call our offices today at (888) 580-5176.