An Inferior Vena Cava – IVC – filter is a small device that is implanted into your vena cava to prevent pulmonary embolism issues for those who are at risk of a blood clot breaking free in their body and moving into the lungs. However, there are a number of these blood clot filters that have been previously linked to serious issues. Some of these include:

  • Bard Recovery Filter
  • Bard G2 Filter
  • Cook Celect and Gunther Tulip Filters

To date, the FDA has received thousands of complaints regarding the adverse effects caused by IVC filters and the side effects they cause. Some of these complaints indicate the filters have become detached and perforated the walls of the person’s inferior vena cava or fractured, resulting in debris or small pieces of it traveling to the lungs and heart. As a result, this led to the individual suffering a stroke, embolism, or some other type of complication.

In a number of situations, if the IVC filter migrates or winds up moving out of its proper position, the initial injury it causes may be asymptomatic. However, there are some doctors who are able to find the issue after they diagnose other conditions, including diaphoresis, atrial fibrillation, asystole, right bundle branch block, premature ventricular contractions, tachycardia, and dyspnea.  

In a number of situations, especially if parts of the filter break and travel into the lungs or heart, some of the symptoms that may occur include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Hypotension
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Neck pain
  • Confusion
  • Heart rhythm problems

In cases that are more severe, if the IVC filter happens to puncture or perforate the vena cava, or if a small piece breaks off, it can lead to even more serious health complications, which include:

  • Stroke
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Open heart surgery
  • Internal bleeding or hemorrhaging
  • Pericardial tamponade or cardiac tamponade
  • A hole created in the lungs or heart
  • Wrongful death

Concerns about the IVC Filter have been emerging since August of 2010 when the FDA initially issued an alert to doctors about the issues that were present with the retrievable filters that were only intended to be used for short periods of time.

The fact is, a number of the symptoms and problems associated with the retrievable IVC filters may have been able to be prevented if the smaller devices were removed after the risk of the blood clot had passed. But, because the warnings were inadequate and the instructions provided by the manufacturers were lacking, many people suffered serious complications.

If you have noticed any of these symptoms and you have an IVC filter, then it may be wise to speak with an attorney to learn about what options you have. Doing this will help you receive the compensation you deserve for the injuries you suffered.