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Use of a retrievable inferior vena cava filter in term pregnancy: Case report and review of literature


  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2009.01004.x

: Dr William Milford, Department of Women's and Newborn Services, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Butterfield Street, Herston 4006, Qld, Australia. Email:


Venous thromboembolism is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in obstetrics. Management with anticoagulation can be problematic, especially peripartum. We report the successful placement and retrieval of an inferior vena cava filter as prophylaxis for peripartum pulmonary embolism in a woman with a large, proximal, deep venous thrombosis at term.