Observations on failed retrieval of optional inferior vena cava filters

David H. Ballard, Daniel V. Do, Jeremy J. Laborde, Miguel A. de Gregorio, Runhua Shi, Horacio B. D'Agostino

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Purpose: To evaluate causes of failed optional inferior vena cava filter (IVCF) retrievals. Methods: Single-center retrospective study. Results: IVCF retrievals were attempted in 26/211 (12%) patients at a mean 42.9 days. There were 9 failures (all OptEase) due to: inability to snare the hook (n = 5), noncollapsible IVCF (n = 3), and unusual procedural pain (n = 1). Median duration of retrieved IVCFs was 31 days compared to 53 days for failures (P < .05). IVCFs aligned with the IVC's cephalocaudal axis were retrieved in 13/16 cases, while misaligned IVCFs were retrieved 4/10 cases (P < .05). Conclusion: Filter duration and misalignment were significantly associated with retrieval failures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)931-935
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Imaging
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


  • Inferior vena cava filter
  • Inferior vena cava filter retrieval
  • IVC filter retrieval
  • IVC filters


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