Use of Rigid Bronchoscopic Forceps in the Difficult Retrieval of the Günther Tulip Inferior Vena Cava Filter

Charles T. Burke, Robert G. Dixon, Joseph Stavas

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Retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters may, over time, become incorporated into the wall of the IVC, making subsequent removal difficult. The authors present a case in which a Günther Tulip filter was placed prophylactically before gastric bypass surgery. The retrieval hook of the filter became incorporated into the wall of the IVC, preventing the filter from being snared. Eventually, the filter was freed from the wall of the IVC and successfully removed by using rigid bronchoscopy forceps; however, the filter was damaged in the process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1319-1323
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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