An unopened titanium greenfield IVC filter: Intravascular ultrasound to reveal associated thrombus and aid in filter opening

Timothy C. Goertzen, Timothy C. McCowan, Kevin L. Garvin, Robert P. Lieberman, Robert F. LeVeen

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Abstract

A titanium Greenfield filter did not open following placement in the infrarenal inferior vena cava (IVC). Abdominal radiograph and cavogram showed no definite reason for filter malfunction. Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) demonstrated the unopened filter in the IVC with thrombus binding the legs. The thrombus was disrupted with a catheter, and the filter completely expanded with a balloon. IVUS documented full-filter opening in addition to residual thrombus in the filter following manipulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-253
Number of pages3
JournalCardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1993

Keywords

  • Vena cava, filters
  • Vena cava, intravascular ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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