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Case Report  |   February 2004
J-Tip Spring Guidewire Entrapment by an Inferior Vena Cava Filter
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Cardiovascular Disorders
Case Report   |   February 2004
J-Tip Spring Guidewire Entrapment by an Inferior Vena Cava Filter
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, February 2004, Vol. 104, 87-89. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2004.104.2.87
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, February 2004, Vol. 104, 87-89. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2004.104.2.87
Abstract

The number of complications between guidewires and inferior vena cava filters is unknown and most likely underreported. Since 1993, at least 17 cases of central venous catheter guidewires entangled in inferior vena cava filters have been reported. The placement of both devices in the intensive care setting has increased the number of incidents in which a guidewire from a central venous catheter becomes entrapped in an inferior vena cava filter.

The authors report a case in which entrapment of a guidewire occurred without causing displacement of the filter. In addition, a review of simple but useful recommendations to prevent and manage these complications is presented.