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A stent in the form of a generally tubular member has a diameter allowing for insertion into a body passageway and is radially expandable upon application of an outward force. A series of annular units are axially arranged to construct the stent. Each annular unit includes a plurality of generally ellipsoidal or polygonal elements equiangularly arranged around the stent axis, the elements being axially elongate and having a center opening. A tie member connects opposed ends of adjacent elements. Adjacent annular units are interconnected at their tie members by a connecting member.

Title
Expandable stent for implanting in a body
Application Number
8/814040
Publication Number
5879381
Application Date
March 10, 1997
Publication Date
March 9, 1999
Inventor
Masakiyo Nobuyoshi
Fukuoka-ken
JP
Toshinari Asaka
Shizuoka-ken
JP
Yousuke Moriuchi
Shizuoka-ken
JP
Agent
Burns Doane Swecker & Mathis
Assignee
Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
JP
IPC
A61F 2/06
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