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STUDY, LAWSUIT AND NEWS UPDATES
Here are some updates on IVC filter studies, lawsuits and news:
October 14, 2015
In October 2015, a study published in Annals of Surgery indicated that IVC filters do not offer any medical advantages. The findings revealed that IVC filters increased the risk of deep vein thrombosis and did not reduce patient mortality.
September 22, 2015
In September 2015, another study published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery described cases in which the IVC devices could not be removed. One reason was that they had moved from the original position.
July 25, 2015
In July 2015, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine summarized data from a medical center, where surgeons had implanted IVC filters. Findings indicated that out of 648 procedures, approximately 14.7% of the IVC filter removal cases required additional supplementary techniques after initial efforts failed.
June 22, 2015
June 2015, a study published in the Journal of Vascular Interventional Radiology revealed that the Cook Celect IVC had a 43% puncture rate compared with 0% for the Option filter. When the physicians removed the devices after 2 months, they experienced additional retrieval difficulties with the Option filters. However, the Celect filter had a significantly higher puncture rate.
January 22, 2015
In January 2015, Julia and Raylyn Ratliff, administrators of the estate of Cynthia K. Ratliff, filed a product liability lawsuit against Boston Scientific. In this Greenfield filter lawsuit, the complaint describes severe internal injuries including IVC perforation from the device and severe internal bleeding. Ratliff died on May 3, 2013, and the cause of death was identified as “perforation of inferior vena cava by Greenfield filter with retroperitoneal hemorrhage.”