Prophylactic inferior vena cava filters for operative pelvic fractures: a twelve year experience.


Department of Orthopaedics, Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami, PO Box 016960 (D27), Miami, FL, 33101, USA. [Email]


Conflicting evidence exists regarding the role of inferior vena cava filters (IVCFs) in the prevention of pulmonary embolism. The aim of this study was to review an institutional policy of prophylactic IVCF placement in all operative pelvic and acetabular fractures as a means of preventing PE by comparing it to a historical prepolicy period of significantly less aggressive IVCF placement.


Deep venous thrombosis,Inferior vena cava filter,Pelvic fracture,Pulmonary embolism,

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