Semin intervent Radiol 2018; 35(02): 105-107
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1642038
Review Article
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Inferior Vena Cava Filters and Prevention of Recurrent Pulmonary Embolism

Anuj Malhotra
Division of Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York
,
Sirish Kishore
Division of Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York
,
David Trost
Division of Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York
,
David C. Madoff
Division of Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York
,
Ronald S. Winokur
Division of Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York
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Publication Date:
04 June 2018 (online)

Abstract

Although inferior vena cava (IVC) filters have a clear role in preventing recurrent pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients with venous thromboembolism who cannot be anticoagulated, the role of filters in patients who are candidates for anticoagulation is controversial. With limited and conflicting data, practitioners often have to make an educated patient-specific decision when encountering this scenario. This article reviews the available data on the efficacy and risks associated with adjunctive IVC filter use to prevent recurrent PE.