Retrievable IVC filters: Comprehensive review of device-related complications and advanced retrieval techniques

Kush R. Desai, Mithil B. Pandhi, Stephen M. Seedial, Martin F. Errea, Riad Salem, Robert K. Ryu, Robert J. Lewandowski*

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Use of retrievable inferior vena cava filters (RIVCFs) has grown exponentially since their introduction into clinical practice, but many of these devices are not retrieved. Some are not retrieved due to poor clinical follow-up, but other devices remain in situ for extended periods because they present significant technical challenges during retrieval. Because of these and other factors, many of these devices were thus left in place permanently. However, recent data have placed a renewed emphasis on device retrieval due to increased risk of RIVCF-related complications, which are positively correlated with filter dwell time. Development of advanced filter retrieval techniques has had a significant impact on the removal of embedded RIVCFs, permitting retrieval of the majority of devices. The purpose of this article is to present an imaging and data review of the dominant device-related factors that complicate RIVCF retrieval and to describe the relevant advanced retrieval techniques to manage these factors. RIVCF imaging is frequently encountered in daily clinical practice via various imaging modalities. Therefore, diagnostic radiologists can play a vital role in identifying filter-related issues. Familiarity with the context for managing these issues in the interventional suite is essential for improving triage and care of patients with RIVCFs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1236-1245
Number of pages10
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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