Important IVC Filter Alert!
Within the past year, some very disturbing information has emerged in regards to certain IVC filters that have been on the market. As more of these cases are being made public, it is becoming clear that these IVC filters may have caused—directly or indirectly—some of the conditions that have led to permanent damage and even death. As the evidence mounts, it is important that patients and their families investigate how their own cases were handled. Sometimes, the side effects aren’t as obvious from the outset but can be just as debilitating as some of the more major issues caused by defective IVC filters.
Although manufacturers have been working to improve IVC filters over the past few years, the fact remains that they are often left in the body for too long, which can lead to hazardous complications. The medical community has come a long way when it comes to building better IVC filters, but this is also a testament to the fact that they have been problematic in the past. For some patients and their loved ones, the damage caused by defective IVC filters cannot be reversed. This is why it is crucial for patients to monitor their health and analyze whether or not they may be presenting symptoms that are indicative of an issue with an IVC filter.
Some of the more subtle signs of an IVC filter problem include shortness of breath, a rapid heartbeat and tightness or pain in the chest. Persistent chest pain should always be examined more closely, as this is a fairly common complaint among patients who have reported problems. Anyone who has received an IVC filter and is experiencing this issue should immediately look into the problem. The faster that these issues are diagnosed, the more likely it is that patients will be able to avoid some of the devastating conditions that can occur.
IVC filter issues may strike at the least expected moment, and they can be devastating. Filter fractures have been seen in many patients, as well as filter migration. When the IVC filter travels throughout the body, sometimes devastating perforations can occur. Whether they take place in the vena cava, heart or lungs, perforations are always a very serious matter.
Severe problems such as hemorrhaging have also been reported, in addition to cardiac or pericardial tamponade. When this occurs, a patient’s hearts is compressed by a sac of fluid that surrounds it. The person may notice chest pain and a feeling of lightheadedness as the condition progresses. It should be noted that this is a serious condition that requires emergency care. A physician will need to drain the fluid from the body in order to alleviate the pressure in the patient’s heart.
Clearly, there is a lot the public still doesn’t know about defective IVC filters. It is imperative that all patients remain vigilant in regards to their health. For more information about issues with an IVC filter, please reach out to our office so that we may check to see if you could be eligible for compensation.