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IVC Filter Migration

Although inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are placed in the inferior vena cava, the portion of the heart where deoxygenated blood from the lower half of the body enters and is moved into the right atrium, they can fracture and the pieces can migrate to other areas of the body, such as the lungs. Sometimes, the entire device can migrate to another area of the body, creating serious health complications for the patient. Although this is one of the least common complications a patient can face with his or her IVC filter, it can also be one of the most serious. When an IVC filter migration is not caught in time, the problems it can create can be deadly.

If you have suffered from an IVC filter migration complication, such as a fracture or the improper removal of the device, you could be entitled to monetary compensation for your losses through a defective medical device claim. Contact an experienced attorney today to work on your migrated IVC filter migration lawsuit with you and help you get the money you need to cover your losses.

What Happens When an IVC Filter Migrates?

A patient might need open heart surgery to remove the IVC filter if it migrates beyond the inferior vena cava. When a filter can not be safely removed from a patient’s body, the patient might have to spend the rest of his or her life carefully monitoring the device under a physician’s care.

Health Problems Caused by IVC Filter Migrations

When an IVC filter or a broken portion of the filter migrates away from the inferior vena cava, the patient can suffer from the following health complications:

  • Perforation of the area where the device is stuck;
  • Cardiac tamponade, the compression of the heart by fluid buildup in the pericardial sac;
  • Erosion of the inferior vena cava wall;
  • Blood clots;
  • Ventricular arrhythmias, the improper beating of the hear; and/or
  • Death.

Migration is one of the known risks of IVC filters. In 2010, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a report discussing this risk and warning of all the possible issues a patient can face from this medical device. Despite their risks, sometimes an IVC is the best option for a patient – generally, they are inserted in patients who can not take blood thinning medication.

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Contact an IVC Filter Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one has suffered because of an IVC filter migration or another complication caused by this type of medical device, you could be entitled to monetary compensation through a defective medical device claim. Contact us today to schedule your initial legal consultation with a member of our team and determine your legal options for pursuing monetary compensation for your losses. Working with an experienced IVC filter attorney can make it much easier for you to pursue your claim and get the money you deserve for your losses.

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