Rueb & Motta, PLC is currently investigating claims related to a medical device known as an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter that causes serious personal injuries to recipients, including organ perforation, punctured veins, and death.
IVC (inferior vena cava) filters are small, cage-like metal devices implanted in the inferior vena cava, the main blood vessel running from the lower body to the heart and lungs. The filters are implanted in patients at risk for developing blood clots in the legs that can travel to the lungs, causing a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism (PE).
The device resembles a small spider-like metal cage and is surgically inserted into a patient’s inferior vena cava. Once the risk of a PE has subsided, the filter is supposed to be removed.
IVC Filter Complications & Injuries
Filter Shifting or Migration
In these cases, the filter has shifted or migrated to another area of the body, making it almost impossible to remove.
In these cases pieces of metal fragment and then move into the abdomen, lungs, liver, kidneys, heart and other organs. Surgeons often have to leave the fractured portion of an IVC filter embedded into an organ, because trying to take it out would be too dangerous. Other complications include Perforation, Organ Puncture, Internal Bleeding, Chest Pain and possibly Death
See the recent story in NBC news about a woman who was in a car accident and the IVC perforated her heart. Luckily she survived after surgery to remove the piece of metal was successful.
See the FDA report showing the risks of using an IVC Filter. Among the findings over a five year period, close to 1000 adverse events were reported. In 2010, the FDA warned that several patients complained of filter migrations, detachments, perforations, and filter fractures.
In another NBC Report: “At least 27 deaths have been associated with the Recovery filter — a spider-shaped apparatus that is inserted into the largest vein in the body — over the course of a decade, an NBC News investigation has found. Government data shows approximately 300 other non-fatal problems have also been reported with the Recovery, which is one of thousands of medical products sold by C.R. Bard.” http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/did-blood-clot-filter-used-thousands-americans-have-fatal-flaw-n384536.
Did Forged Signature Clear Way for Dangerous Blood-Clot Filter?
In this NBC Report: "In the first part of an NBC News investigation into the Recovery blood-clot filter, we revealed that the device, which is implanted in thousands of people, was associated with 27 deaths and hundreds of other non-fatal problems after it received FDA clearance. In the second part of the report, a former insider at medical giant C.R. Bard raises questions about how the device got that clearance."