05662671 is referenced by 658 patents and cites 32 patents.

An arterial catheter system for removing plaque from the aorta and other arteries is disclosed. The system typically includes an elongate catheter member, a filtration apparatus disposed within the distal region, and an atherectomy assembly which includes a mechanism for trapping and holding mobile or fixed plaque and an excising mechanism for removing the plaque. In use, the catheter is positioned so that the atherectomy assembly lies within a region of interest, the filtration apparatus is deployed downstream of the region of interest, the plaque is trapped and held by a snare, vacuum, or other trapping means, and then the excising mechanism is activated to remove the plaque. Methods are also disclosed for removing plaque from the aorta and other arteries.

Title
Atherectomy device having trapping and excising means for removal of plaque from the aorta and other arteries
Application Number
8/683503
Publication Number
5662671
Application Date
July 17, 1996
Publication Date
September 2, 1997
Inventor
John McKenzie
San Carlos
CA, US
Giovanni Pastrone
Los Gatos
CA, US
James M Sellers
Hampstead
NH, US
Robert Rizzari
Haverhill
MA, US
Jonathan D Root
San Francisco
CA, US
Denise Barbut
New York
NY, US
Agent
Lyon & Lyon
Assignee
Embol X
CA, US
IPC
A61M 25/00
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