Optional vena cava filters: What, why, and when

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Optional vena cava filters can used to provide either short-term or permanent protection from pulmonary embolism. These devices have recently become available for clinical use in the United States. However, there remains a paucity of data about these devices and their outcomes. This article reviews current and future devices, the rationale behind non-permanent caval filtration, and the generally accepted guidelines for their clinical application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-313
Number of pages10
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2007


  • Anticoagulation
  • Deep venous thrombosis
  • Inferior vena cava
  • Optional filter
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Vena cava filter
  • Venous thromboembolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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