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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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    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.

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    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
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