A filter for blood clotsAn inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a device designed to block blood clots in a vein — usually in the leg — from migrating to the lung. It’s a situation that can be life-threatening. "People who tend to get DVT, or blood clots, are people who may have had recent surgery, people who may have malignancy or cancer, or other sorts of disease that would make them relatively.
How Long Should An Ivc Filter Stay In?
This should be assessed by a physician or the interventional radiologist who inserted the IVC filter sometime after placement, ideally less than six months after insertion. Removing an IVC filter eliminates any long term risks of filter fracture or recurrent DVT. However, it does not address the cause of the DVT.
Should Ivc Filters Be Removed?
IVC filters are placed inside of a patient’s inferior vena cava artery to stop blood clots from reaching the heart or lungs. Retrievable IVC filters are supposed to be removed within 10 to 100 days after placement, but many are left inside the patient.