August 26, 2016
Patterns of vena cava filter utilization from 1998 to 2012 appear linked to societal guidelines’ recommendations on use, researchers reported in the Journal of Vascular Surgery.
“Vena cava filters are indicated in patients with venous thromboembolism with a contraindication to anticoagulation. Prophylactic indications are still controversial. However, the utilization of [vena cava filters] during the past 15 years may have been affected by societal recommendations and reimbursement rates,” the researchers wrote.