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Methods and apparatus are provided for removing emboli generated during a surgical procedure comprising a catheter having proximal and distal ends, a lumen extending therethrough, an occlusive member affixed to the distal end, and at least one blood intake port disposed in a lateral surface of the catheter. The occlusive member preferably is disposed in a treatment vessel, and the blood intake port, when uncovered, permits a portion of the antegrade flow from a host vessel to be diverted into the lumen of the catheter. A pressure differential caused by the blood intake from the host vessel establishes a venturi-effect suitable for manipulating flow in the treatment vessel. The flow characteristics may be manipulated via the intake port to direct emboli into the lumen of the catheter for subsequent removal.

Title
Catheter for removing emboli from saphenous vein grafts and native coronary arteries
Application Number
9/909729
Publication Number
6682505 (B2)
Application Date
July 19, 2001
Publication Date
January 27, 2004
Inventor
Ryan P Boucher
San Francisco
CA, US
Michael Hogendijk
Palo Alto
CA, US
Mark C Bates
Charleston
WV, US
Agent
Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps
US
Agent
Nicole A Pisano
US
Assignee
Arteria Medical Science
CA, US
IPC
A61M 29/00
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