Study Reveals Perforation Dangers of Cook IVC Filters
Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on Jun 21, 2016 in Defective Healthcare Products
According to a study on IVC filters, Cook Medical manufactured and sold defective blood clot filters that were implanted into patients, causing severe injuries and even fatalities.
With a 43-percent perforation rate, researchers discovered that the Cook Celect IVC filters had a “significantly higher rate” of failure than the Option filter, made by another manufacturer, with a perforation rate of zero.
An IVC filter is a tiny, metal device a surgeon can place into a patient’s major vein, or inferior vena cava (IVC), to prevent deadly blood clots from entering the lungs or heart.
Cook IVC Filters Concerns
The study was published in the Journal of Vascular Interventional Radiology and researchers analyzed the medical records of 99 patients who were implanted with Cook Celect blood clot filters, along with 86 patients implanted with Option filters by Rex Medical.
Two months after the filters were placed, doctors removed them. Although surgeons found it a bit more challenging to retrieve the Option filters, the retrieval rate differential was barely noticeable.
However, researchers uncovered a potentially fatal complication. When doctors put the blood clot filters into the inferior vena cava, some filters punched holes in the veins’ walls instead of remaining in place. The holes were caused by small prongs that serve as cages in the filters to catch blood clots.
Cook Medical faces lawsuits alleging serious injuries and death from its Celect and Gunther Tulip IVC filters. C.R. Bard is another IVC manufacturer that has been embroiled in lawsuits for its defective filters that have caused in patient injuries and deaths for years.
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