A Novel Technique for Inferior Vena Cava Filter Extraction.

Cardiovascular and interventional radiology

PubMedID: 23636251

Johnston EW, Rowe LM, Brookes J, Raja J, Hague J. A Novel Technique for Inferior Vena Cava Filter Extraction. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2013;.
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are used to protect against pulmonary embolism in high-risk patients. Whilst the insertion of retrievable IVC filters is gaining popularity, a proportion of such devices cannot be removed using standard techniques. We describe a novel approach for IVC filter removal that involves snaring the filter superiorly along with the use of flexible forceps or laser devices to dissect the filter struts from the caval wall. This technique has used to successfully treat three patients without complications in whom standard techniques failed.