However, there are several common IVC filter problems that have been noticed in recent years. According to the US FDA, some IVC filter problems include: filter migration, deep vein thrombosis (also known as DVT), access site thrombosis, IVC thrombosis, caval penetration, and IVC filters fracturing.
The IVC filter works by stopping the blood clot and holding it in place while it dissolves naturally. Although there are several kinds of filters designed to be temporarily implanted, others are made to be permanently inserted for the life of the patient.
Some common manufacturers of IVC filter are: Cordis, Rafael Medical Technologies and Rex Medical, B Braun Medical, Bard Peripheral Vascular, Boston Scientific, and ALN Implants Chirurgicaux.
The FDA is addressing IVC Filter Problems: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautions patients about IVC filter problems. In 2010, this federal agency issued a safety communication that announced it had received 921 adverse event reports since 2005.
Additionally, the US FDA also stated that of these reported IVC filter problems, 328 reports received involved IVC filter migration, 146 was due to IVC filter components, 70 occurred because of the perforation of the major inferior vena cava vein, and last 56 reported incidents involving IVC filter fracture.