Inferior vena cava filters in trauma patients: who is responsible for their removal?

Dominik Baschera, Jonathan K Sebunya and René Zellweger
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb03882.x
Published online: 16 August 2010

To the Editor: The prophylactic use of inferior vena cava filters (IVCFs) in trauma patients for whom anticoagulation is contraindicated has markedly increased over the past few years. Their need for caval filtration is usually only transient, and once the risk of venous thromboembolism is deemed to be minimal, it would seem appropriate that IVCFs be retrieved. However, a large number of IVCFs remain in situ, due to either failure of retrieval or lack of follow-up. We observed a case that touches on both of these two major problems associated with IVCF retrieval.

  • Dominik Baschera
  • Jonathan K Sebunya
  • René Zellweger

  • Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, WA.


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