The CIRSE Retrievable IVC Filter Registry: Retrieval Success Rates in Practice

M. J. Lee, D. Valenti, M. A. de Gregorio, J. Minocha, U. Rimon, O. Pellerin

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CIRSE established a registry of retrievable filter use with the primary aim of determining the success of IVC Filter retrieval and associated complications. Secondary endpoints included filter indications, imaging strategies before retrieval, filter dwell times, and anticoagulation status. A web-based electronic registry was hosted between 01/12/2010 and 30/06/2012. Data entry occurred at the date of IVC filter retrieval and included items such as filter type, indication for filter insertion, access route, dwell time, retrieval success, complications, reasons for failed retrieval, and anticoagulation status. 671 filter retrievals were entered (male:female 333:295, mean age 55, median 57). Retrieval data were not entered in 43/671 leaving 628 patients for analysis. The 4 commonest retrievable filters used were the Celect in 182 patients, the OPTEASE in 161, ALN in 120, and Gunther Tulip in 98. Filters were inserted for absolute indications 40 %, relative indications in 31 %, and prophylactic in 24 %, with 5 % missing. Mean filter dwell time was 90 days. Filters were successfully retrieved in 576/628 patients (92 %). The mean dwell time for successful retrievals was 85 days versus 145 days for unsuccessful retrievals (p = 0.001). Major complications occurred in 2 patients (0.03 %). In summary, the CIRSE retrievable filter registry demonstrates a retrieval rate of 92 % across a range of filter types, with a low major complication rate, reflecting current practice. There is an increase in trend of retrievable filter use for relative and prophylactic indications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1502-1507
Number of pages6
JournalCardioVascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Inferior vena cava filter (IVC) placement
  • Pulmonary embolism (PE)
  • Vena cava
  • Venous intervention


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