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Retrievable and permanent inferior vena cava filters: selected considerations.
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PMID:  17064204     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The use of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters is increasing rapidly, and the recent availability of retrievable IVC filters is certain to accelerate this process. Unfortunately, because the risks and benefits of these devices have not been adequately studied, several important issues remain. Limitations of the quality of the data in the available literature make it virtually impossible to accurately quantify the specific rates of complications with various devices. Although many clinicians believe that the use of an IVC filter obviates anticoagulation, new data support the need for long-term anticoagulation in such patients. The recent introduction of retrievable IVC filters may eliminate the need for long-term anticoagulation if the filter can be removed, but further data are needed to ascertain the place of these devices in modern therapy. The increasing use of these devices increases the need for clinicians to be aware of the potential limitations and risks of IVC filters.
Rockford C Anderson; Henry I Bussey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pharmacotherapy     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0277-0008     ISO Abbreviation:  Pharmacotherapy     Publication Date:  2006 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-26     Completed Date:  2007-01-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8111305     Medline TA:  Pharmacotherapy     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1595-600     Citation Subset:  IM    
College of Pharmacy, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anticoagulants / therapeutic use
Pulmonary Embolism / prevention & control*
Vena Cava Filters* / adverse effects,  trends
Venous Thrombosis / etiology,  prevention & control
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