IVC Filter Studies Suggest Filter May Not Help Trauma Victims

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Does the inferior vena cava filter help prevent blood clots in trauma victims?

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IVC Filter Studies Suggest Filter May Not Help Trauma Victims:

IVC Filter Studies Suggest Filter May Not Help Trauma Victims Does the inferior vena cava filter help prevent blood clots in trauma victims?

What is the inferior vena cava?:

What is the inferior vena cava ? The inferior vena cava (IVC) is one of the largest veins in the human body. It carries vital, deoxygenated blood into the right atrium of the heart. It helps supply the body with blood and the lungs with oxygen. When a body is at risk for a pulmonary embolism or blood clot, doctors may resort to using an  inferior vena cava filter  to prevent clots from forming and reaching the lungs.

IVC Filters & Trauma Victims:

IVC Filters & Trauma Victims Individuals who have endured a painful trauma injury are at a greater risk for blood clots. If other blood thinners or anticoagulant medications do not work, doctors may administer the placement of the IVC filter in order to prevent blood clots. A metal, spiderlike device makes up the filter, which is placed in the inferior vena cava vein.

What a Recent Study Suggests:

What a Recent Study Suggests In an October study published in the Annals of Surgery , researchers looked at 803 patients who received the IVC filter during a four-year period. This study found that IVC filter placement is associated with increased deep vein thrombosis events. DVT is a particularly lethal form of blood clot. According to the authors of the study , “High rates of IVC filter placement have no effect on reducing trauma patient mortality and are associated with an increase in DVT events.”

Other Recent Studies:

Other Recent Studies Another study , conducted by Drs. Ido Weinberg, John Kaufman, and Michael Jaff , shows that an average of 13.3% patients who received the filter suffered  complications within the first 21 days . Finally , in an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association , researchers found that many trauma patients received the IVC filter after it was safe to administer an anticoagulant.

Conclusion:

Conclusion The various studies cited in this piece suggest that the IVC filter may pose certain health risks. If you or someone you love suffered an adverse side effect of the IVC filter, learn more about your legal options . [SOURCE] IVC Filter Studies Suggest Filter May Not Help Trauma Victims

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