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Should my 38 yr. Old son have a fliter put in for blood clots in his lungs he has had pneamonia, been in the hospital about 10 days.He been off work from this about 5.5 weeks. Other than sisunses he has been in good health. They had at the hospital he ha

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Dr. Robert Andrews
Radiology - Interventional
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In brief: A

A vena cava filter is a very good option for preventing blood clots in the legs from reaching the lungs.
However, over time, vena cava filters can create problems of their own. They are better thought of as a short-term solution. If your son has clot in his legs now, and clots in his lungs as well, then it might be a good idea to place a filter to keep him from getting more lung clots. However, once he is upa and about, and on a stable dose of coumadin, (warfarin) the filter would ideally be removed. It is much more likely that a filter can be removed if it is taken out within about 6 weeks, after that, removal may be difficult or impossible.

In brief: A

A vena cava filter is a very good option for preventing blood clots in the legs from reaching the lungs.
However, over time, vena cava filters can create problems of their own. They are better thought of as a short-term solution. If your son has clot in his legs now, and clots in his lungs as well, then it might be a good idea to place a filter to keep him from getting more lung clots. However, once he is upa and about, and on a stable dose of coumadin, (warfarin) the filter would ideally be removed. It is much more likely that a filter can be removed if it is taken out within about 6 weeks, after that, removal may be difficult or impossible.
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Dr. Stephen Whipple
Radiology - Interventional

In brief: Inferior

Inferior vena cava filters safely and effectively prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs.
There are risks associated with having a filter in place, however these are smaller than the risk of a blood clot in the lungs. The risks of having a filter increase with time and it is generally accepted that if they are no longer required, the filter should be removed. Most modern filters can be removed safely and reliably after a prolonged time. I routinely remove filters after 3 or 6 months, and often longer. A temporary filter is easy to recommend and it sounds like in your circumstance it is advisable. The decision to keep a life-long filter should be made more carefully after fully investigating the patient's blood clotting parameters and risk factors.

In brief: Inferior

Inferior vena cava filters safely and effectively prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs.
There are risks associated with having a filter in place, however these are smaller than the risk of a blood clot in the lungs. The risks of having a filter increase with time and it is generally accepted that if they are no longer required, the filter should be removed. Most modern filters can be removed safely and reliably after a prolonged time. I routinely remove filters after 3 or 6 months, and often longer. A temporary filter is easy to recommend and it sounds like in your circumstance it is advisable. The decision to keep a life-long filter should be made more carefully after fully investigating the patient's blood clotting parameters and risk factors.
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