On 26th September 2011, Dr. A.Q.M Reza, Consultant - Cardiology of Apollo Hospitals Dhaka, and his team have successfully implanted an IVC filter in a female patient suffering from left lower limb Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). The patient was referred from Apollo Obstetrics & Gynaecology Department. This is the fifth case of IVC filter implantation performed at Apollo Hospitals Dhaka.
IVC (inferior vena cava) filter, a type of vascular filter, is a medical device that is implanted into the inferior vena cava in patients who have a history of or are at risk of developing blood clots in the legs, as in patients diagnosed with DVT. In DVT, blood clots develop in the veins of the leg or pelvis, which occasionally break up and large pieces of the clot can travel to the lungs. An IVC filter traps large clot fragments and prevents them from travelling through the vena cava vein to the heart and lungs, where they could cause severe complications or even death. In an IVC filter placement procedure, interventional cardiologists use image guidance to place a filter in the inferior vena cava, the large vein in the abdomen that returns blood from the lower body to the heart.