IVC filters are one of the possible treatments for deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a condition in which blood clots form in the lower half of the body. These blood clots can then travel to the lungs, causing a potentially fatal condition called pulmonary edema (PE). According to Science Daily, the complications that may be caused by the IVC filter have led to their decrease in use, despite that the U.S. uses more of this treatment than other countries.
In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about IVC filter usage after reviewing more than 900 adverse effects over a 5-year-period. Some of these complications included filter migration, perforation, embolizations, and filter fracturing.
Following the FDA warning, IVC filter usage, which had been on the rise, decreased 29% from 55.1/100,000 to 39.1/100,000. Despite this decrease, when comparing IVC filter usage in the United States against other European countries, the rate remained high. In the five largest European countries the rate of IVC filter implantation was only 3/100,000.
This means that the rate for filter usage in the United States are 25-fold higher than in Europe. Hospitals across the country spend billions of dollars every year on these devices without known benefit. It is believed that the appropriate filter implantation rate should be similar to or lower than that seen in Europe.
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