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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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Symptoms and Diagnosis of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Symptoms of deep vein thrombosis -- a blood clot in a deep vein -- may be difficult to identify. That's because DVT symptoms are similar to many other health problems. If you're at risk for DVT -- you are over 60, you smoke, you are overweight, you sit for long periods of time -- stay alert to DVT symptoms. If you have symptoms, learn what you can do to confirm a diagnosis.  

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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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