IVC filter limb penetration of the caval wall during retroperitoneal surgery/lymph node dissection

Gerard S. Goh, Michael M. Slattery, Mark F. Given, David Little, Michael J. Lee

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Optional inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are being increasingly used for protection against pulmonary embolism in patients with deep vein thrombosis where anticoagulation is contraindicated. We describe two cases during retroperitoneal surgery where the IVC filters were found to have perforated the cava wall and were subsequently removed intra-operatively. Cava wall penetration by filter limbs poses a significant danger during retroperitoneal lymph node dissection and filters should be removed preoperatively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)646-649
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • complications
  • inferior vena cava filter
  • interventional radiology
  • retroperitoneal space
  • surgery

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