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Yale J Biol Med. 2012 Jun;85(2):255-9. Epub 2012 Jun 25.

Recurrent fracture of a recovery inferior vena cava filter with pulmonary migration.

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  • 1Department of Radiology, Yale School of Medicine, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA.


Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are indicated in patients with venous thromboembolic disease in whom standard anticoagulation therapy is contraindicated or ineffective. A 32-year-old female presented to our hospital with chest pain 5 years after IVC filter placement. Imaging revealed sequential fracturing and embolization of two of the IVC filter arms to the pulmonary arteries. IVC filter fracture and subsequent migration to the lung is a rare complication. Systematic long-term follow-up in patients with IVC filters and, if possible, filter removal should be considered to prevent possible complications.


complications; fracture; inferior vena cava filter; migration; pulmonary embolism

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