FDA Warns Doctors Of Retrievable IVC Filter Risks

By Allison Grande (August 9, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has advised health care professionals to be vigilant of the risks associated with the long-term use of inferior vena cava filters, after receiving more than 900 adverse event reports involving the device since 2005.

The agency released an initial communication Monday, recommending that implanting physicians and clinicians responsible for the ongoing care of patients with retrievable IVC filters consider removing the filter as soon as protection from pulmonary embolism is no longer needed.

Since 2005, there have been 921 device adverse event reports related to IVC filters, of which 328 involved device migration, 146 involved...

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