Late gastrointestinal complications of inferior vena cava filter placement: Case report and literature review

Frank Vandy, John E. Rectenwald, Enrique Criado

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Abstract

In current practice, inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are commonly used in the prevention of pulmonary embolism. Despite their widespread use, periprocedural as well as late complications do occur. Filter penetration of the IVC wall into surrounding structures, including bowel, is a known although rare complication. This complication may manifest with abdominal pain, gastrointestinal bleeding, duodenocaval fistula, or small bowel obstruction. The authors present a case of abdominal pain from duodenal penetration by a Greenfield IVC filter 13 years after insertion. A detailed operative description and pertinent review of the literature is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-264
Number of pages4
JournalPerspectives in Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

Keywords

  • duodenal penetration
  • operative technique
  • vena cava filter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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