CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 685–686 | Cite as

Right Ventricular Migration of a Recovery IVC Filter’s Fractured Wire with Subsequent Pericardial Tamponade

  • Imran SaeedEmail author
  • Mark Garcia
  • Kathleen McNicholas


A Recovery filter (C.R. Bard, Tempe, AZ, USA) is a device for pulmonary embolism prophylaxis. There have been few case reports involving the migration of this particular filter or of a broken wire migrating to the heart. We report a case of right ventricular migration of a fractured wire from this filter in a patient who subsequently developed pericardial tamponade and required open heart surgery to extract the fractured wire. We discuss the current US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved nonpermanent inferior vena cava filters and their reported complications. These complications can be life-threatening and may require immediate surgical intervention.


Filter complication Filter fracture Interventional radiology Pericardial tamponade Retrievable IVC filters 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MAP 2, Suite 2121Christiana HospitalNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyChristiana HospitalNewarkUSA
  3. 3.MAP 1, Suite 205Christiana HospitalNewarkUSA

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