05904648 is referenced by 113 patents and cites 18 patents.

A balloon-tipped, wire-guided double lumen, endobronchial blocker catheter (6) is provided for insertion into the tracheal bronchial tree using a fiberoptic bronchoscope (2). The catheter incorporates a removable wire guide (14), which runs the entire length of the catheter exiting the tip as a small unencased wire loop (12). The small unencased wire loop is positioned around the circumference of a fiberoptic bronchoscope and when advanced along the fiberoptic bronchoscope thereby allows the catheter to navigate the airway using the fiberoptic bronchoscope as a guide or stint allowing the catheter to reach portions of the lung where access is difficult due to sharp bends in the tracheal bronchial tree. A balloon (8) thereof is inflated to provide obstruction of a portion of the lung from ventilation. The long wire guide loop is removable allowing communication of the blocked segment with the proximal end of the catheter.

Title
Guided endobronchial blocker catheter
Application Number
8/878448
Publication Number
5904648
Application Date
June 18, 1997
Publication Date
May 18, 1999
Inventor
Frank J Fischer Jr
Bloomington
IN, US
George A Arndt
Madison
WI, US
Agent
Richard J Godlewski
Assignee
Cook Incorporated
IN, US
IPC
A61B
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