IVC Filter Failure

Filters linked to dangerous blood clots

According to a report on MedPage Today, the use of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters caused a significantly higher risk of potentially fatal blood clots during bariatric – or weight-loss – surgery.

The report says venous thromboembolism, or the blockage of an artery by a blood clot, occurred in 1.8 percent of 1,045 patients who received filters, versus 0.4 percent of another group with similar risk factors. Of the two groups, 0.07 ...

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Laser research looks at breaking up clots

An article on HowStuffWorks.com takes a look at research into using lasers to break up blood clots and prevent strokes.

According to the article, the challenge in that field of research is making the pulse of the laser strong enough to effectively bust up the clot without breaking the blood vessel walls.

In addition to lasers, the article says, several other mechanical means of removing clots have been tested, including an ultrasound device ...

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Bard singled out as problem IVC filter

According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about more than 900 reported problems from inferior vena cava, or IVC filters, meant to catch blood clots.

Although the FDA didn’t detail the number of reports by manufacturer, the Wall Street Journal says, a separate report published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found problems associated with two types of filters made ...

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Clinic gives advice on preventing pulmonary embolism

The Mayo Clinic provides some information about preventing pulmonary embolism, which occurs when a blood clot moves to the lungs. Prompt treatment is necessary to prevent serious complications or death.

Medication is available to prevent the clots that cause pulmonary embolism, but in some cases doctors might recommend a procedure, such as:

Clot removal — If you have a very large clot in your lung and are in shock, your doctor may thread ...

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Devices show promise for treating blood clots

Two studies suggest that removing blood clots from the brain with small nets could improve recovery for stroke victims, according to a BBC report.

The report is based on two studies presented in the Lancet medical journal. The clot retrieval devices are intended to be an alternative to “clot-busting” drugs, which need to be administered hours after a stroke and are not suitable for all patients.

And some medical devices currently used ...

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Warnings issued about IVC filter

An article on TheHeart.org discusses more than 900 reports of adverse events that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received about inferior vena cava (IVC) filters.

According to the report, the FDA has warned clinicians that the devices should be removed as soon as safely possible.

It quotes the following FDA statement: “The FDA is concerned that these retrievable IVC filters, intended for short-term placement, are not always removed ...

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