CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 160–162 | Cite as

Uncomplicated Removal of a Günther-Tulip Inferior Vena Cava Filter 15.5 Years After Placement

  • Courtney A. WoodfieldEmail author
  • Anthony M. Hall
  • Hans Y. Kim
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

We are writing to share our unique recent experience with the complete removal of a Günther-Tulip inferior vena cava (IVC) filter 15.5 years after placement without the need for advanced techniques and without complications prior to, during, or after filter removal. An increasing number of the IVC filters now being placed are retrievable-type filters, removed once the risk of pulmonary embolus is no longer present. Ramaswamy et al. [1] recently reported on the technical retrieval success rate of three different IVC filters with average dwell times of 86.0–131 days: the Denali, Tulip, and Option filters. In this study, they found a significantly higher filter retrieval failure rate with the Option filter (11.6%) compared to the Denali (0.9%) and the Tulip (5.1%) filters. In addition, a higher rate of advanced retrieval techniques was reported for the Option filter (21.1%) compared to the Denali (0.9%) and the Tulip (10.8%) filters [1].

We also found a retrievable-type...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Courtney A. Woodfield
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anthony M. Hall
    • 1
  • Hans Y. Kim
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyAbington Hospital – Jefferson HealthAbingtonUSA

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