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Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters
The inferior vena cava is the largest vein in the human body. It is responsible for transporting de-oxygenated blood from the lower parts of the body to the heart and lungs where it can be re-oxygenated. For various health and medication reasons, some patients develop blood clots or are at risk of developing blood clots along this route. Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are basket-like devices implanted within the IVC to collect these blood clots before they can move to those major organs.
Who Needs an IVC Filter?
The IVC filter is for patients with increased risks for pulmonary embolisms or those who have a history of clots within the inferior vena cava. Profiles of patients whose physicians might recommend the placement of an IVC filter include those with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), those who are the victims of trauma, those with medication-related risks, who are immobile for prolonged periods of time, and patients who have surgery. IVC filters are often secondary lines of treatment when patients are unable to use blood thinning agents to reduce the risks of clots.
What are Inferior Vena Cava Filters?
The inferior vena cava IVC delivers de-oxygenated blood to the heart and lungs after on its return cycle from the lower extremities. Blood clots in locations such as the legs pose serious health threats to the patient. The clots can travel and eventually reach the heart or lungs, where they can cause symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath, and where the clots are actually life-threatening.
Inferior vena cava filters are supposed to block those blood clots from passing to the patient’s heart or lungs. The design of the filter resembles that of a narrow, cone-shaped wire basket. This mechanism is inserted into the vena cava in what is usually an outpatient procedure. A small incision is made, typically in the neck or groin. Local anesthetic is used for numbing, but most patients remain at least somewhat awake for the procedure, just lightly medicated to keep them relaxed.
A surgeon threads a narrow guide wire through a catheter. Contrast dye and x-ray imaging help guide the surgeon. The IVC filter is placed, and then the catheter is withdrawn.
IVC filters are such that without complication they can remain within the patient’s body. However, in some instances the patient needs the device removed. These instances include the filter becoming too full of blood clots or a significant change in the patient’s overall health. The longer the IVC filter remains within the IVC, the more challenging it becomes to safely and effectively remove the filter. Removal of the filter does nothing to change underlying health conditions that contribute to blood clot formations.
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