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Pediatr Radiol. 2005 Nov;35(11):1135-8. Epub 2005 Jun 23.

Serial repositioning of a Günther tulip retrievable inferior vena cava filter in a pediatric patient.

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  • 1Department of Radiology, Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University Health Center, 687 Pine Ave. West, Suite A-451, Montreal, QC H3A1A1, Canada.


We report an 11-year-old boy who required inferior vena cava (IVC) filtration for a prolonged period of time. A retrievable IVC filter was placed and repositioned three times, providing a total of 60 days of IVC filtration. The filter was removed when his risk of pulmonary embolus had decreased substantially. This is a relatively uncommon practice in the pediatric population. The technique is presented, and the available literature is reviewed.

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