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A deep blood clot in your leg or pelvis may be dangerous. It can travel to your lungs and block the flow of blood.
This can be deadly. A deep blood clot is called a deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. When it travels to the lungs, it can cause a blockage called a pulmonary embolism, or PE. If you have a deep blood clot or a high risk for clots, your doctor may recommend an inferior vena cava IVC filter.
The filter is shaped like a tiny umbrella, to catch and stop clots from traveling from the lower body to the lungs. Usually, filters should be removed as soon as the danger of a pulmonary embolism passes. If the filter stays in your vein, it may get clogged.
This can lead to a blood clot in your leg. In rare cases, the filter or pieces of the filter move to other parts of the body.
This can lead to complications and the need for surgery. Blood thinners cost about the same. If you have complications, your costs can go up a lot. You may have to pay for medicines, visits to the doctor, and hospital stays. And you may miss work during treatment. You may need an IVC filter if you have a deep blood clot and cannot safely take blood thinners.
For example, you may need an IVC filter if you have a bleeding disorder or if you are having life-threatening bleeding at the time of treatment. The filter should be removed as soon as the risk of pulmonary embolism or bleeding is over and it is safe to use blood thinners.
This report is for you to use when talking with your health-care provider. It is not a substitute for medical advice and treatment. Use of this report is at your own risk.
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