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Methods and apparatus for creating fluid flow from one location to another are disclosed. The fluid flow is created via the absorption of repetitive pulses of radiation in a fluid to generate bubbles that expand and collapse repetitively. This fluid mechanism, or pumping phenomenon, can be used to aid removal of a total or partial occlusion in a body passage by disrupting a surface of the occlusion with acoustic shock and pressure waves and/or by causing mechanical disruption of the occlusive material. Appropriate selection of materials and particular constructions improve apparatus flexibility.

Title
Flexible flow apparatus and method for the disruption of occlusions
Application Number
9/328514
Publication Number
6547779 (B2)
Application Date
June 9, 1999
Publication Date
April 15, 2003
Inventor
Victor C Esch
San Francisco
CA, US
Quang Q Tran
Fremont
CA, US
Estela D Gatchalian
San Jose
CA, US
Stephen J Hebert
Berkeley
CA, US
Eduardo U Sucgang
South San Francisco
CA, US
Marc Alan Levine
San Francisco
CA, US
Agent
Skjerven Morrill
US
Agent
K Alison De Runtz
US
Assignee
Endovasix
CA, US
IPC
A61B 18/18
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