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IVC filter: a life-saving device
  1. Suresh Babu,
  2. Tahira Kumar
  1. Department of Diagnostic Radiology, National Healthcare Group, Singapore, Singapore
  1. Correspondence to Dr Suresh Babu, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, National Healthcare Group, Singapore, Singapore; drsureshbabu{at}

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A 37-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital with acute swelling of her left lower limb. There was no significant medical history of note. Initial investigation with an ultrasound and CT scan of the left lower limb revealed acute thrombosis of the left iliac, femoral and leg veins. The patient elected to have thrombectomy and thrombolysis of the acute deep venous thrombosis (DVT). As a precaution to prevent pulmonary embolism, a permanent retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter (Celect, Cook Medical, Denmark) was deployed below the …

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  • Contributors Both authors collected patient data. TK drafted the manuscript and SB amended it.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.