05716392 is referenced by 163 patents and cites 11 patents.

A medical electrical lead which may be introduced using a thorascope and is used to electrically stimulate tissue, such as a heart. The lead of the present invention has a "ski-shaped" needle, a strand of between 1-5 cm. attached to the needle, an electrode attached to the strand, and an insulated lead body attached to the electrode. In addition, a test wire is also attached to the needle to permit the electrical characteristics of tissue to be ascertained before the lead is fully inserted. In an alternate embodiment the strand may feature a fixation helix. Due to the shape of the needle and the relatively short strand, the lead is particularly suitable for implantation to a heart using minimally invasive techniques, such as through a trocar.

Title
Minimally invasive medical electrical lead
Application Number
8/583358
Publication Number
5716392
Application Date
January 5, 1996
Publication Date
February 10, 1998
Inventor
Paulus Van Venrooij
Hoensbroek
NL
Noud Bakels
Simpelveld
NL
Ivan Bourgeois
Heusy-Verviers
BE
Agent
Harold Patton
Michael J Jaro
Assignee
Medtronic
MN, US
IPC
A61N 1/05
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