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Deep Vein Thrombosis - Other Treatment

Vena cava filters are used for some people who have deep vein thrombosis. This is not a common treatment.

A vena cava filter is inserted into the vena cava, the large vein that returns blood to the heart from the abdomen and legs.

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How DVT Is Treated

Doctors have several ways to treat a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). The most common treatment is a drug called a blood thinner. Blood thinners are also called anticoagulants. These drugs stop the clot from getting bigger. They also help prevent it from breaking off and moving to the lungs. And they prevent other clots from forming. Blood thinners don’t break down the clot itself. The body does that over time.

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This filter can prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs (pulmonary embolism). But the filter doesn't stop a clot from forming.

Vena cava filters might be used if you:

  • Cannot take anticoagulants.
  • Continue to develop blood clots even though you have been taking anticoagulants.
  • Have recurrent blood clots and pulmonary hypertension.

For more information, see the topic Pulmonary Embolism.

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Last Updated: February 11, 2013
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