Posts Tagged 'vena cava'

Broken blood clot filter causes problems

A story from WNDU out of Indiana concerns a woman who needed surgery because a filter implanted in one of her veins to prevent blood clots broke apart.

Susan Karnstedt first became aware that something was wrong when she began suffering severe abdominal pain, the story says. She initially thought it was something she’d eaten.

But a CT scan revealed that the problem was actually an IVC filter she’d had ...

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FDA warns about blood clot filters

A report in the Boston Globe concerns a U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning that filters meant to stop blood clots from reaching the lungs can move or break, with potentially deadly consequences for patients.

The FDA issued an advisory to doctors and patients, informing them that the agency had received more than 900 reports about the devices since 2005. The filters, which are inserted in an abdominal vein, ...

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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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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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