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Retrievable vena cava filters: a review.
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PMID:  16888440     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To examine the current literature regarding retrievable inferior vena cava filters and to discuss the appropriate indications for their clinical use. RECENT FINDINGS: Permanent filters have been shown to be effective, but have a number of long-term complications such as filter thrombosis or migration. Indications for their placement should be accurately evaluated, especially in patients with a long life expectancy, or in whom the period of contraindication to anticoagulation is short. On the other hand, temporary filters are difficult to manage and their maximum implantation time is often insufficient to solve the clinical problem leading to their placement. Four different retrievable filters recently received approval for temporary insertion. Recent data suggest that the use of these filters may be related to a low rate of pulmonary embolism and insertion complications. Nevertheless, no randomized clinical trials have been performed, and the only available data refer to retrospective or prospective studies. SUMMARY: Retrievable filters are a new generation of filter that offers the attractive possibility of being left in place permanently or being removed after quite a long period when they become unnecessary.
Davide Imberti; Walter Ageno; Monica Carpenedo
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in hematology     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1065-6251     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Opin. Hematol.     Publication Date:  2006 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-08-04     Completed Date:  2007-01-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9430802     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Hematol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  351-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Thrombosis Center, Emergency Department, Hospital of Piacenza, Piacenza, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Device Removal
Thromboembolism / prevention & control*
Thrombolytic Therapy / adverse effects
Vena Cava Filters* / adverse effects
Venous Thrombosis / etiology,  therapy*

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