Use of Prophylactic Inferior Vena Cava Filters in Trauma

Ahmed A. Naiem, Alreem K. Al-Hinai, Rashid Al-Sukaiti, Hani Al-Qadhi

Abstract


Venous thromboembolisms, specifically pulmonary embolisms (PEs), represent a significant burden on healthcare systems worldwide, particularly within the setting of trauma. According to the literature, PEs are the most common cause of in-hospital death; however, this condition can be prevented with a variety of prophylactic and therapeutic measures. This article aimed to examine current evidence on the use, indications for prophylaxis, outcomes and complications of prophylactic inferior vena cava filters in trauma patients.



Keywords


Inferior Vena Cava Filters; Trauma; Veins; Thromboembolisms.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18295/squmj.2016.16.01.015

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