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Studies have shown that up to 40% of IVC Filters (or Greenfield Filters) will fracture within 5.5 years. The companies making millions from this device must be held accountable. Let us help.
Inferior vena cava filters, also known as IVC filters or Greenfield Filters, are cage-like devices implanted in patients who have an increased risk of pulmonary embolism. These filters have been manufactured by a number of companies such as: Bard, Cook, and Greenfield. An IVC filter works by trapping blood clots before they can travel to vital organs such as the lungs or heart and cause life-threating complications.
In August 2010, the FDA issued its first safety communication concerning retrievable IVC filters not being removed once the risk of pulmonary embolism subsided. They also reported that since 2005 they have received 921 IVC filter complaints involving migration of the device, detachment of the device components, perforation of the IVC and filter fracture. After the FDA’s safety communication was made public, victims began to file IVC lawsuits against manufacturers Cook Medical Inc. and C.R. Bard.
Studies have shown that up to 86% of IVC Filters may result in serious side effects – including fractures that can lead to life threatening symptoms.
Known complications include: Filter fracture (pieces can injure the heart, lungs, or inferior vena cava), Device migration (device may become ineffective, or erode into the body), Device erosion, Cardiac tamponade (a condition where fluid builds up in the space around the heart and interferes with heart function), Perforation of the inferior vena cava, heart, lungs, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Blood clots may clog the filter, slowing blood flow into the lungs, Irremovable IVC filter.