An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a small cage-like medical device that can be inserted by doctors to stop dangerous blood clots from traveling to the blood vessels of the lungs. Their structure allows them to catch fragments of clots that form in the legs or pelvis before these blockages run the risk of causing a pulmonary embolism (PE). These metal filters are surgically implanted in patients who cannot tolerate blood thinners or have seen little success with those drugs.
Enteryx is an injection used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a chronic digestive disease where stomach acid flows back into the esophagus irritating its lining.
Enteryx is injected as a liquid that solidifies into a spongy material that cannot be removed. When it is injected properly, it strengthens the lower esophagus, helping prevent stomach acid from entering it and causing pain.
Many of the problems with Enteryx have occurred when it is injected imprecisely, missing its intended destination and passing through the wall of the esophagus, sometimes entering other internal organs or the bloodstream, risking blockage of blood vessels.
Doctors have not always immediately detected a faulty injection.
Though the manufacturer, Boston Scientific, did issue a recall, they primarily pinned the adverse results on improper injection technique. However, the FDA cited at least two instances in which Enteryx was injected properly but patients still developed problems.
If you or a loved one experienced serious side effects after receiving an Enteryx injection, whether do to medical error or the drug itself, contact us to determine if you may have a personal injury claim.