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Not Much Evidence That IVF Filter Placement Improves Outcomes


Background: Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are sometimes placed as an adjunct to full anticoagulation in patients with a large pulmonary embolism (PE), especially in patients with right heart strain. This practice is largely empiric since there is essentially no evidence demonstrating clinical efficacy. Objective: To determine the prevalence of adjunctive IVC filter placement in individuals diagnosed with PE, as well as the effect of adjunct filter placement on in-hospital mortal more...
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