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Lawsuit Filed Over Broken IVC Filter Embedded in Heart

Lawsuit Filed Over Broken IVC Filter Embedded in Heart

September 1, 2016 — A lawsuit has been filed by a woman from California who was seriously injured by a Cook Celect® IVC Filter that broke and became permanently embedded in her heart.

The lawsuit (PDF) was filed by Joan Wiseman, a woman who was implanted with a Cook Celect® IVC Filter at a hospital in Newport Beach in January 2008.

In September 2015, she had a CT scan and doctors found major complications. The filter had migrated, tilted, and perforated through her vena cava. It was embedded in her right renal vein in her kidney.

Two of the filter legs had also broken. One of the broken legs was in her abdomen. The other was in her heart. In October, she underwent emergency surgery at Stanford University Medical Center.

Her surgeons successfully removed everything except the filter leg in her heart. After another surgery in November 2015, they abandoned attempts to remove the broken piece because it was too dangerous.

The lawsuit cites a number of studies linking the Celect with high rates of filter fracture, migration, and perforation. In one study of 27 patients with the Celect, all of them had some degree of perforation within 71 days.

Ms. Wiseman is seeking a jury trial and a judgement exceeding $75,000, according to the North Carolina Record. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (Southern Division) — Case No. 8:16-cv-01542.

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