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How is an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

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If you can’t take a blood thinner or if one doesn’t help, your doctor may insert a small, cone-shaped filter inside your inferior vena cava. That’s the largest vein in your body. The filter can catch a large clot before it reaches your lungs.

From: Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).”

Mayo Clinic: “Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Deep Vein Thrombosis.”

Clot Connect/UNC Blood Clot Outreach Program: “Symptoms, Risk Factors and Prevention.”

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC HealthBeat): “Could You Be at Risk of Developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?”

American Heart Association: “Understand Your Risk for Excessive Blood Clotting.”

NHS: “Causes of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT),” “Pregnancy and Baby: Deep Vein Thrombosis.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters.”

Anderson, F., Audet, A. Center for Outcomes Research: University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 5, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).”

Mayo Clinic: “Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Deep Vein Thrombosis.”

Clot Connect/UNC Blood Clot Outreach Program: “Symptoms, Risk Factors and Prevention.”

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC HealthBeat): “Could You Be at Risk of Developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?”

American Heart Association: “Understand Your Risk for Excessive Blood Clotting.”

NHS: “Causes of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT),” “Pregnancy and Baby: Deep Vein Thrombosis.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters.”

Anderson, F., Audet, A. Center for Outcomes Research: University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 5, 2018

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