Korean J Urol.  2004 Aug;45(8):834-836.

Suprarenal Filter Placement in the Inferior Vena Cava to Prevent Tumor Emboli During Radical Nephrectomy in Renal Cell Carcinoma Invading the Inferior Vena Cava

  • 1Departments of Urology, Hallym University College of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea. js315@hallym.or.kr
  • 2Departments of Radiology, Hallym University College of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea.


A renal cell carcinoma with tumor thrombus extension into the inferior vena cava occurs in approximately 5 percent of cases. Despite invasion of the inferior vena cava, an aggressive surgical approach for these neoplasms is recommended, but pulmonary and tumor embolisms have been common complications. Therefore, the prevention of tumor emboli during operation is necessary. Placement of a suprarenal filter in the inferior vena cava has become the procedure of choice for preventing tumor emboli during a radical nephrectomy.


Renal cell carcinoma; Tumor; Thrombus; Inferior vena cava filter
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