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The present invention relates to a self-expanding device for sealing a defect in a wall, such as a septal defect. The device of the present invention has a fluoropolymer membrane that is supported by an embedded wire structure having elastic properties which is capable of being compressed and inserted in the defect by a catheter and thereafter returning to its memory induced configuration. The device of the present invention can be employed in a variety of applications where a small hole needs to be sealed.

Title
Self-expanding defect closure device and method of making and using
Application Number
8/771718
Publication Number
5879366
Application Date
December 20, 1996
Publication Date
March 9, 1999
Inventor
Gregory T Mace
Flagstaff
AZ, US
Nitin V Salunke
Flagstaff
AZ, US
Edward E Shaw
Flagstaff
AZ, US
Agent
David J Johns
Assignee
W L Gore & Associates
DE, US
IPC
A61B 17/04
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