Inferior vena cava filters (IVCFs) are an established alternative for protection from thrombo-embolism when anticoagulation fails or is contraindicated. Before the creation of retrievable IVCFs, patients received filters that were permanent or designed without standardized retrieval options. Although these filters were implanted for prolonged protection, chronic vena caval occlusion and post-thrombotic syndrome are potential sequelae. We present a 53-year-old patient with a Mobin-Uddin permanent IVCF placed 42 years prior, complicated by acute iliocaval thrombosis following more than 40 years of filter dwell time. She was successfully treated with thrombolysis, thrombectomy, endobronchial forceps assisted IVCF removal, and iliocaval stent reconstruction.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine