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FDA Clot Device Advisory Tells Of Patients' Risks

CHICAGO (AP) -The government is advising doctors and patients about problems with implanted medical filters designed to trap deadly blood clots.

The Food and Drug Administration's advisory Monday says these filters can move or break, especially when they're left in too long. The FDA has received more than 900 reports about problems with the filters since 2005.

The advisory coincides with the release of a study about life-threatening problems in patients at a Pennsylvania hospital.

About 30,000 filters are implanted each year.

The filters are inserted inside a large abdominal vein, and have spidery metal legs to stop blot clots from traveling to the lungs.

The FDA says doctors should consider removing the filters if patients' clot risks subside.
      
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