Endovascular Retrieval of Intracardiac Inferior Vena Cava Filters: A Review of Published Techniques

Charles A. Owens, James T. Bui, M. Grace Knuttinen, Ron C. Gaba, Tami C. Carrillo, Thomas Gast

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Abstract

Endovascular retrieval of intracardiac or intrapulmonary inferior vena cava (IVC) filters provides a less-invasive alternative to surgery; however, only a few publications provide details describing this approach. The authors searched the medical literature and identified 42 endovascular attempts in 35 publications. There were 29 successful retrievals from the heart (n = 28) and pulmonary artery (n = 1), with only one reported fatality. Of the 13 failed attempts, there were three reported deaths. The authors of 19 reports provided details of their technique. The endovascular approach provides a reasonable alternative treatment to surgical removal of intracardiac or intrapulmonary IVC filters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1418-1428
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Volume20
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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