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Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2006 Jul-Aug;29(4):685-6.

Right ventricular migration of a recovery IVC filter's fractured wire with subsequent pericardial tamponade.

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  • 1MAP 2, Suite 2121, Christiana Hospital, 4745 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19713, USA.


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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