Short-term prophylaxis of pulmonary embolism by using a retrievable vena cava filter

M. D. Darcy, T. P. Smith, D. W. Hunter, W. Castaneda-Zuniga, G. Lund, K. Amplatz

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The Amplatz retrievable filter has been shown in our previous work to be at least as efficient as the K-G filter in trapping emboli, especially when the filters are tilted. This advantage, as well as the ease with which the filter can be inserted or retrieved percutaneously, makes it an attractive alternative to the K-G filter. As demonstrated by this case report, the development of the Amplatz retrievable filter has broadened the applications of caval filters by making it practical to use them for short-term prophylaxis of pulmonary embolism. This use will probably be of most benefit in surgical patients at high risk for pulmonary embolism, especially if they cannot be placed on anticoagulants. Although presently limited to use in experimental clinical trials, we anticipate the filter will be commercially available in 1-1 1/2 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)836-838
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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