The question of whether vena cava filters have a role in trauma patients remains unanswered

The question of whether vena cava filters have a role in trauma patients remains unanswered

Can J Surg 2021;64(2):E244-E245 | Full Text | PDF | Appendix

Ian M. Ball, MD, MSc; R. Mason Curtis, MD; Neil Parry, MD; Fran Priestap, MSc; Kelly N. Vogt, MD, MSc

Summary

Whether to temporarily place retrievable inferior vena cava filters for prophylaxis against pulmonary embolism in high-risk trauma patients has been a difficult question to answer. Guidelines regarding the management of these patients are mixed in their recommendations. The question merits further attention.


Accepted May 12, 2020

Affiliations: From the Department of Surgery, Western University, London, Ont. (Parry, Priestap, Vogt); and the Department of Medicine, University of Western, London, Ont. (Ball, Curtis).

Competing interests: None declared.

Contributors: All authors contributed substantially to the conception, writing and revision of this article and approved the final version for publication.

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DOI: 10.1503/cjs.016619

Correspondence to: I. Ball, Department of Medicine, Western University, 800 Commissioners Rd, London ON N6A 5W9, Ian.ball@lhsc.on.ca