IVC Filter

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Samba
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IVC Filter

Postby Samba » Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:24 pm

How is a retrievable IVC filter removed?

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Dr. Chan Lowe
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Postby Dr. Chan Lowe » Wed Aug 22, 2007 6:47 pm

Hi Samba,

Typically, if needed, these IVC filters are placed and removed by catheters that are inserted into the veins in your thigh/groin area. This is basically the same procedure as a cardiac catheterization except that the catheters don't need to go all the way to the heart.

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