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IVC Filter Migration

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Categorized as Defective Medical Devices

When someone is at risk of stroke due to blood clots and is not a candidate for blood-thinning medication, a doctor may opt to implant an IVC filter into the patient’s inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body. The filter is intended to act as a net, catching blood clots so they do not travel to the lungs, heart or brain, where they may cause an embolism. Unfortunately, there are times when these IVC filters can fail, potentially breaking and migrating throughout the body, which could cause serious or fatal injury.

Some of the potential symptoms of IVC migration include:

  • Hypotension
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Heart rhythm issues
  • Neck pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Organ perforation

These symptoms can indicate that the filter or part of the filter has migrated, which could eventually cause it to enter the lungs or heart. This can cause serious, long-term health problems such as a stroke, pulmonary embolism, or internal bleeding requiring surgery or other emergency procedures.

If a piece breaks off the filter, it can perforate the vena cava or puncture the heart or lungs, causing excessive internal bleeding and potential wrongful death. Whatever the case may be, there are numerous dangers associated with the IVC filter, especially when the device is left inside of the body long term.

At Peterson & Associates, P.C., we are well aware of the potential damages caused by IVC filter migration. We aim to help our clients pursue the legal action they need in order to seek compensation for the damages they have sustained. We know how difficult this time can be and we want to help our clients navigate the complex legal battle they are going through so they can reach a positive outcome with confidence.

To speak with our Kansas City IVC filter lawyers about your potential case, we encourage you to contact our firm today.