Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
Interventional Radiology - Original Article

A 7-year retrospective review of the technical success of the “low-profile” hangman technique for complicated inferior vena cava (IVC) filter retrievals

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Department of Radiology, Alfred Health, Melbourne, Australia

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Department of Surgery, Monash University, Clayton, Australia

Diagn Interv Radiol 2020; 26: 118-123
DOI: 10.5152/dir.2019.19223
Read: 190 Downloads: 50 Published: 21 January 2020

PURPOSE

We aimed to assess the safety and effectiveness of a modified low-profile hangman technique.

 

METHODS

We performed a retrospective review of all filter retrieval procedures performed at a major trauma center, from 2012 to 2019. Records were reviewed for patient demographics, device type, device dwell time, device tilt, embedded hook, success of device retrieval, evidence of caval injury and occurrence of complications.

 

RESULTS

From 2012 to 2019 there were 473 filter retrieval attempts. An advanced technique was documented in 66 (14%). The low-profile hangman technique alone was documented in 23 procedures (5% of all procedures, 35% of advanced technique procedures). Average screening time was 28 minutes. At the time of retrieval attempt, 9 patients (41%) were anticoagulated.  The hangman technique was employed as isolated maneuver in 23 patients and was successful on initial attempt in 22 cases (96%). The average dwell time of filters retrieved by the hangman technique was 228 days (range, 40–903 days; median, 196 days). No procedure-related complications occurred.

 

CONCLUSION

The retrieval of IVC filters is an important part of offering an IVC filter service. Advanced techniques to retrieve caval filters are multiple, and the risk of complications is increased in these cases. We demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of a new modified and lower-profile hangman technique. This new technique could be performed with only an 11 French venous access sheath using off-the-shelf equipment and it remains a cost-effective approach to complex filter retrieval.

 

You may cite this article as: Moriarty HK, Marshall E, Clements W. A 7-year retrospective review of the technical success of the “low-profile” hangman technique for complicated inferior vena cava (IVC) filter retrievals. Diagn Interv Radiol 2020; 26:118–123.

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