The inferior vena cava clip: The percutaneous approach

Mark C. Bildsoe, Joseph W. Yedlicka, David W. Hunter, Wilfrido R. CastaÑeda-ZÚÑiga, Kurt Amplatz

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Pulmonary embolism in high-risk patients may be minimized by surgical inferior vena cava (IVC) clipping or by the insertion of caval filters. A percutaneous clipping technique was developed that narrows the cava while allowing caval patency. The caval clip is inserted through a percutaneous translumbar approach under fluoroscopic control. Nine dogs underwent percutaneous translumbar caval clip placement without complications. Three of four dogs, followed-up for 5 to 19 weeks by angiography and caval pressure measurements, showed caval patency. This technique eliminates the risks of surgical IVC clip placement and risks from the insertion of intravascular foreign bodies such as filters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)871-875
Number of pages5
JournalInvestigative Radiology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1990


  • Inferior vena cava clip
  • Interventional radiology
  • Percutaneous procedure
  • Pulmonary embolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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