Recurrent Fracture of a recovery inferior Vena cava Filter with Pulmonary Migration

Josephina Anna Vossen, Shrey Kumar Thawait, Jennifer Susan Golia, Murthy Chamarthy, Walter Cholewczynski, Noel Velasco

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Inferior vena cava (IVC†) filters are indicated in patients with venous thromboembolic disease in whom standard anticoagulation therapy is contraindicated or ineffective. A 32-yearold 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-259
Number of pages5
JournalYale Journal of Biology and Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012


  • Complications
  • Fracture
  • Inferior vena cava filter
  • Migration
  • Pulmonary embolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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