Spontaneous rupture of the inferior vena cava (IVC) in the setting of IVC filter thrombosis: Case report

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Abstract

Spontaneous rupture of the inferior vena cava (IVC) is a rare entity. We report a case of a spontaneous IVC rupture associated with IVC filter thrombosis in a patient presenting with severe atraumatic back pain. Computed tomography (CT) identified a retroperitoneal hematoma and suggested IVC thrombosis. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging confirmed the presence of IVC filter thrombosis and demonstrated a large defect in the infrarenal IVC, with the vessel lumen in free communication with the adjacent hematoma. The patient was managed conservatively and discharged in stable condition. MR imaging played an important role in characterizing the CT findings, which were unclear.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-27
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Radiology Case Reports
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2019

Keywords

  • Case report
  • Inferior vena cava filter
  • Inferior vena cava rupture
  • Inferior vena cava thrombosis
  • Retroperitoneal hematoma
  • Spontaneous

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