Inferior Vena Cava Filters: Why, Who, and for How Long?

Brian P. Holly, Brian Funaki, Mark L Lessne

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Vena cava filters are implantable devices that are placed to trap thrombus originating in the lower extremities and prevent it from migrating to the lungs. In general, inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are indicated for patients who cannot receive anticoagulation. Other indications for IVC filtration are less clear, and guidelines vary. All patients who have a retrievable IVC filter should be followed, and the removal of the IVC filter should be considered once its indication is lost.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)645-650
Number of pages6
JournalClinics in Chest Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2018


  • Filter
  • Vena cava
  • Venous thromboembolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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