In patients where anticoagulation therapy is contraindicated, Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are used as an option to prevent Pulmonary Embolism (PE). There are many classifications of Vena Cava filters the two main groups are; those intended for permanent implantation and the other temporary (which are to be retrieved at a later date). Permanent IVC filters are not designed to be removed, unless unexpected clinical circumstances arise. We describe a complex case of retrieval of a permanent IVC filter, though well documented; it is the first of its kind to be recorded in the Caribbean.
Published Date: 2019-06-21; Received Date: 2019-05-13