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

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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.

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Saeed, I., Garcia, M. & McNicholas, K. Right Ventricular Migration of a Recovery IVC Filter’s Fractured Wire with Subsequent Pericardial Tamponade. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol 29, 685–686 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00270-005-0136-7

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Keywords

  • Filter complication
  • Filter fracture
  • Interventional radiology
  • Pericardial tamponade
  • Retrievable IVC filters