Journal of Hong Kong College of Radiologists

Volume 5 Number 1, 2002

Bird's Nest Inferior Vena Cava Filter Thrombosis

KY Lau,1 M Au-Yeung,2 TH Tsoi,2 DJ Roebuck,3 LTH Tan1
1Department of Radiology, 2Department of Medicine, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong, 3Department of Radiology, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, United Kingdom.

We describe the case of a patient who died approximately 3 months after having had a jugular Bird's nest inferior vena cava filter placed for prophylaxis of pulmonary embolism. Postmortem examination revealed inferior vena cava filter thrombus and thromboembolic occlusion of the right main pulmonary artery. Referring clinicians and radiologists should be aware of this potentially fatal complication of filter placement, and in selected cases, regular assessment of caval patency after filter placement may be appropriate. (J HK Coll Radiol 2002;5:35-38)

Key Words: Inferior vena cava, Pulmonary embolism, Thrombosis

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