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A catheter/guide wire steering mechanism includes a catheter having a proximal end, a distal end, and sidewalls which define at least the first lumen. An opening is formed in a sidewall of the catheter, near the distal end thereof in communication with the first lumen. A plug is disposed in the catheter at the distal end thereof and includes a curved surface for deflecting and directing out the opening, the leading end of a guide wire (or other catheter) inserted into the lumen at the proximal end of the catheter. This enables guiding the guide wire laterally from the catheter either into a passageway branching from the main passageway into which the catheter is inserted, or to perforate a sidewall of the main passageway.

Title
Catheter/guide wire steering apparatus and method
Application Number
8/653291
Publication Number
5916194
Application Date
May 24, 1996
Publication Date
June 29, 1999
Inventor
John Lippert
Salt Lake City
UT, US
Stephen C Jacobsen
Salt Lake City
UT, US
Agent
Thorpe North & Western L
Assignee
Sarcos
UT, US
IPC
A61M 29/00
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