IVC filters rarely beneficial

This large single center retrospective cohort of ~700 patients who had retrievable IVC filters placed, found only 9% were successfully removed, 18% were attempted to be removed and failed, and 8% suffered a subsequent thrombotic event despite the IVC. Although this study may not reflect practice at other institutions (eg successful and unsuccessful retrieval rates), it does raise concerns about the risks and benefits of IVC filter placements (abstract).

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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