Semin intervent Radiol 2016; 33(02): 071-074
DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1581090
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The Role of Inferior Vena Cava Filters in Cancer Patients

Mithil B. Pandhi
1  Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
,
Kush R. Desai
1  Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
,
Robert K. Ryu
1  Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
,
Robert J. Lewandowski
2  Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado
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Publication Date:
10 May 2016 (online)

Abstract

Cancer induces a hypercoagulable state and renders patients susceptible to venous thromboembolism. While anticoagulation remains the mainstay of treatment, many of these patients require placement of an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, often due to a contraindication to or failure of anticoagulation. In this article, the available data on IVC filter usage in cancer patients will be reviewed.