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ISRN Radiology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 959452, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2013/959452
Review Article

Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filters for Venous Thromboembolism

1Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, SEGi University, No. 9 Jalan Teknologi, Taman Sains Selangor, Kota Damansara, PJU 5, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
2Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, SEGi University, No. 9 Jalan Teknologi, Taman Sains Selangor, Kota Damansara, PJU 5, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Received 28 February 2013; Accepted 25 March 2013

Academic Editors: U. Bozlar, M. Brodmann, E. J. van Beek, and H.-X. Xu

Copyright © 2013 Han Ni and Lei Lei Win. 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.

Abstract

Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are used as an alternative to anticoagulants for prevention of fatal pulmonary embolism (PE) in venous thromboembolic disorders. Retrievable IVC filters have become an increasingly attractive option due to the long-term risks of permanent filter placement. These devices are shown to be technically feasible in insertion and retrieval percutaneously while providing protection from PE. Nevertheless, there are complications and failed retrievals with these retrievable filters. The aim of the paper is to review the retrievable filters and their efficacy, safety, and retrievability.