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How can a vena cava filter help with deep vein thrombosis?

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When blood thinners don't work or you can't take them, your doctor can do surgery to put a filter into the large vein in your belly. It looks like a tiny mesh umbrella. It lets blood flow through, but it stops clots and clot pieces before they can get to your lungs and cause serious problems.

From: What You Can Do About DVT WebMD Medical Reference

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Charles Cutler, MD, chairman, American College of Physicians’ board of regents; internist, Norristown, PA.

CDC: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) / Pulmonary Embolism (PE) - Blood Clot Forming in a Vein," "Treatments of DVT and PE," "Facts."

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "How is Deep Vein Thrombosis Treated?"

FDA: "Generic Enoxaparin Questions and Answers."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Charles Cutler, MD, chairman, American College of Physicians’ board of regents; internist, Norristown, PA.

CDC: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) / Pulmonary Embolism (PE) - Blood Clot Forming in a Vein," "Treatments of DVT and PE," "Facts."

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "How is Deep Vein Thrombosis Treated?"

FDA: "Generic Enoxaparin Questions and Answers."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 15, 2018

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