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Study Probes Use of Filter Device to Stop Deadly Blood Clots
Date:3/18/2013

ated with the use of vena cava filters included having a small number of beds and being in a rural area, according to the study published online March 18 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

The findings suggest that the use of vena cava filters is largely based on a hospital's culture and practice patterns, according to Dr. Richard White, of the University of California, Davis, and colleagues.

Hospitals may be more or less reluctant to use the filters because the data on their effectiveness remains unclear, the researchers said. "The absence of reliable data indicating a clear benefit [or clear harm] associated with [vena cava filter] use likely contributes to the wide variation in use that we observed," they concluded.

Oropallo agreed. "The need for a proper randomized trial [into vena cava filter use] is necessary," she said. "Until such studies are completed, it will remain difficult for physicians to properly guide their patients to the appropriate treatment for certain circumstances."

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The American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America has more about vena cava filters.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCES: Alisha Oropallo, MD, Director, Wound Care & Hyperbarics, North Shore-LIJ Health System, Lake Success, N.Y.; JAMA Internal Medicine, news release, March 18, 2013


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