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Case Reports in Cardiology
Volume 2015, Article ID 938184, 2 pages
Case Report

Wire in the Heart: Fracture and Fragment Embolization of Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filter into the Right Ventricle

1Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Upland, PA 19081, USA
2Nova Southeastern University Health Sciences Division, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314, USA
3Florida International University (FIU), North Miami Beach, FL 33199, USA

Received 10 November 2014; Revised 10 February 2015; Accepted 11 February 2015

Academic Editor: Tayfun Sahin

Copyright © 2015 Kshitij Thakur et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We report a case of a 58-year-old female who was found to have a fractured limb of her IVC filter in her right ventricle during a cardiac catheterization. A 25 mm radioopaque thin linear structure was seen in the proximal portion of the right ventricle. It was fixed and did not migrate or change position during investigations. On fluoroscopy, the IVC filter was observed in an appropriate location in the midabdomen. Yet, fractures of at least two of the metal filamentous legs of the IVC device were noticed. The patient was made aware of the many risks associated with filter removal. Due to the high risks of the procedure, she refused surgery and the filter fragment was not removed. We present this case to underscore the potential complications of IVC filters.