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An arterial catheter system for removing plaque from the aorta and other arteries is disclosed. The system typically includes an elongate catheter member, a filtration apparatus disposed within the distal region, and an atherectomy assembly which includes a mechanism for trapping and holding mobile or fixed plaque and an excising mechanism for removing the plaque. In use, the catheter is positioned so that the atherectomy assembly lies within a region of interest, the filtration apparatus is deployed downstream of the region of interest, the plaque is trapped and held by a snare, vacuum, or other trapping means, and then the excising mechanism is activated to remove the plaque. Methods are also disclosed for removing plaque from the aorta and other arteries.

Title
Guiding catheter for positioning a medical device within an artery
Application Number
683503
Publication Number
5993469
Application Date
May 27, 1997
Publication Date
November 30, 1999
Inventor
Giovanni Pastrone
Los Gatos
CA, US
John McKenzie
San Carlos
CA, US
Agent
Lyon & Lyon
Assignee
Embol X
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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