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Apparatus and methods are provided for use in removing thrombus from a vessel, wherein a vascular device comprises an thrombectomy element for excising or ablating thrombus and a vascular filter for capturing emboli generated during removal of the thrombus. The vascular filter comprises a support hoop having an articulation region connected near a distal end of a guide wire, and a blood permeable sac affixed to the support hoop so that the support hoop forms a mouth of the blood permeable sac. In a preferred embodiment, the thrombectomy element comprises a second support hoop and blood permeable sac attached to the guide wire proximal of the vascular filter support hoop.

Title
Integrated vascular device having thrombectomy element and vascular filter and methods of use
Application Number
9/470681
Publication Number
6203561 (B1)
Application Date
December 23, 1999
Publication Date
March 20, 2001
Inventor
L N Hopkins
Buffalo
NY, US
Farhad Khosravi
San Mateo
CA, US
Stephen Ramee
New Orleans
LA, US
Agent
Fish & Neave
US
Agent
Nicola A Pisano
US
Assignee
Incept
CA, US
IPC
A61M 29/00
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