Placement and Removal of IVC filters
Placement of an IVC filter is performed by an interventional radiologist, vascular surgeon or interventional cardiologist. A catheter is used to position the filter in the vein using x-ray guidance. Removal of the filter again requires the use of x-ray guidance and a catheter with a snare on the end of it. The snare is used to snag the hook at the end of the IVC filter.
While removal of the IVC filter is the preferred course for patients who are no longer at risk of EVT, it is not always possible. Removal of the IVC filter is unlikely if it has adhered to the wall of the vein or if it has fractured, tilted or migrated. If the IVC filter is not removed, the patient is at increased risk for a number of complications including perforation of the venal wall, perforation of the heart or lungs, internal bleeding, perforation of the small intestine, stomach, duodenum, a blood clot at the point of insertion, etc.
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