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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2010 June;51(3):355-64

Copyright © 2010 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

The role of vena cava filters in the management of venous thromboembolism

Pons M. 1, Riglietti A. 1, Van Den Berg J. C. 2

1 Department of Internal Medicine, Ospedale Regionale di Lugano, sede Civico, Lugano, Switzerland; 2 Service of Interventional Radiology, Ospedale Regionale di Lugano, sede Civico, Lugano, Switzerland


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This paper will deal with the role of vena cava filters in the management of venous thromboembolism. The role of medical therapy, indications and contraindications for the placement of caval filters will be discussed. An overview of the currently available filters will be given, and technical aspects, as well as complications related to the procedure will be discussed. Finally the management of patients with a filter in situ and indications for caval filter removal shall be dealt with.

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