Is inferior vena caval filter an alternative treatment option for geriatric patients that cannot use anticoagulation therapy?

AKIN S., Sari M., Tufan F., BAHAT-ÖZTÜRK G., SAKA B., Erten N., ...More

AGING CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH, vol.26, no.1, pp.73-75, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s40520-013-0123-9
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.73-75
  • Keywords: Elderly, Anticoagulation therapy, Inferior vena caval filter, RISK-FACTORS, VENOUS THROMBOEMBOLISM, FALLS
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


The incidence of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism has been increasing in the elderly because of hypercoagulability associated with aging. Age has also been identified as an independent risk factor for bleeding complications related to anticoagulation therapy. Inferior vena cava filters could be used as alternatives to anticoagulant therapy for the prevention of pulmonary embolism when anticoagulation is either contraindicated or ineffective. Here, we report two geriatric patients who had documented acute DVT and in whom inferior vena caval filter was used because of the patients have a contraindication to use an anticoagulation.