Deep Vein Thrombosis
Reference Vena cava filters Opens New Window are used for some people who have deep vein thrombosis. This is not a common treatment.
A vena cava filter is inserted into the vena cava, the large vein that returns blood to the heart from the abdomen and legs.
This filter can prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs (Reference pulmonary embolism Opens New Window). But the filter doesn't stop a clot from forming.
Vena cava filters might be used if you:
- Cannot take anticoagulants.
- Continue to develop blood clots even though you have been taking anticoagulants.
- Have recurrent blood clots and Reference pulmonary hypertension Opens New Window.
For more information, see the topic Reference Pulmonary Embolism.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 17, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Jeffrey S. Ginsberg, MD - Hematology