Vena Cava Filter Retrieval with Aorto-Iliac Arterial Strut Penetration

Brian P. Holly, Ron C. Gaba, Mark L. Lessne, Robert J. Lewandowski, Robert K. Ryu, Kush R. Desai, Ronald F. Sing*

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Purpose: To evaluate the safety and technical success of inferior vena cava (IVC) filter retrieval in the setting of aorto-iliac arterial strut penetration. Materials and Methods: IVC filter registries from six large United States IVC filter retrieval practices were retrospectively reviewed to identify patients who underwent IVC filter retrieval in the setting of filter strut penetration into the adjacent aorta or iliac artery. Patient demographics, implant duration, indication for placement, IVC filter type, retrieval technique and technical success, adverse events, and post procedural clinical outcomes were identified. Arterial penetration was determined based on pre-procedure CT imaging in all cases. The IVC filter retrieval technique used was at the discretion of the operating physician. Results: Seventeen patients from six US centers who underwent retrieval of an IVC filter with at least one strut penetrating either the aorta or iliac artery were identified. Retrieval technical success rate was 100% (17/17), without any major adverse events. Post-retrieval follow-up ranging from 10 days to 2 years (mean 4.6 months) was available in 12/17 (71%) patients; no delayed adverse events were encountered. Conclusions: Findings from this series suggest that chronically indwelling IVC filters with aorto-iliac arterial strut penetration may be safely retrieved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1184-1188
Number of pages5
JournalCardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018


  • Abdominal aorta
  • Iliac artery
  • Penetration
  • Thrombosis
  • Vena cava filter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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