Inferior Vena Cava Filters: Why, Who, and for How Long?
Clin Chest Med. 2018 Sep;39(3):645-650
Authors: Holly BP, Funaki B, Lessne ML
Vena cava filters are implantable devices that are placed to trap thrombus originating in the lower extremities and prevent it from migrating to the lungs. In general, inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are indicated for patients who cannot receive anticoagulation. Other indications for IVC filtration are less clear, and guidelines vary. All patients who have a retrievable IVC filter should be followed, and the removal of the IVC filter should be considered once its indication is lost.
PMID: 30122187 [PubMed - in process]