Prolonged balloon tamponade in the initial management of inferior vena cava injury following complicated filter retrieval, without the need for surgery

Jonathan T.L. Lee, Gerard S. Goh, Tim Joseph, Jim Koukounaras, Tuan Phan, Warren Clements

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Advanced techniques have been described to remove embedded inferior vena cava (IVC) filters including the loop snare and modified loop snare (Hangman) techniques. Retrieval of embedded filters have been associated with higher rates of complications including IVC injury and stenosis. We report two challenging embedded retrievals complicated by IVC injury and haemorrhage. Haemostasis was successfully achieved with prolonged balloon tamponade, suggesting that injury to the IVC during filter retrieval may not need urgent surgery. However, both patients received short-term complications related to caval thrombosis and patients in this cohort should be closely observed after retrieval. These cases support rigorous attention to filter indication and follow-up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)810-813
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


  • Inferior vena cava
  • Interventional radiology
  • IVC filter
  • Trauma

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