When is an IVC filter a useful adjunct in the treatment of deep venous thrombosis (DVT)?

Updated: Jun 05, 2019
  • Author: Kaushal (Kevin) Patel, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Catheter-directed thrombolysis does not add to the risk of PE to warrant routine filter placement. However, for patients with contraindications to pharmacologic lysis in whom a percutaneous mechanical thrombectomy device is to be used, a filter may be a useful adjunct. [158]


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