IVC Blood Clot Filter Side Effects
IVC blood clot filters may break apart inside the body, causing injuries.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Deep Vein Thrombosis, also known as a DVT, is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the lower body such as the legs. The symptoms of a DVT include leg pain and swelling. These clots can break free and travel through the blood stream to the heart and lungs causing serious, sometimes life threatening clots such as pulmonary embolisms.
A Pulmonary Embolism, often abbreviated as PE, is a blood clot in the lungs. These clots are usually caused by DVTs, although on rare occasions they can also come from other parts of the body. When a large clot or many small clots travel to the lung, a pulmonary embolism can result in death.
IVC Filters have been shown to have an increased risk of fracturing over time. When an IVC Filter fractures, pieces of the filter break off and travel through the bloodstream. This can be very dangerous and sometimes fatal if the pieces travel to the heart or lungs.
Perforation of a vein
In some cases, an IVC filter can tear a vein. This can occur when the filter fractures and pieces of the filter break free and travel through the bloodstream. See Filter fracture.