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  • Oscillating Mechanical Impact Aspiration Device to Remove Cerebral Thrombus in an Ex Vivo Model: Proof of Concept

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    Scott Douglas Simon MD; Casey Grey B.S.

    Study Design:
    Laboratory Investigation

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    Meeting: Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2013 Annual Meeting

    Introduction: Cerebral mechanical thrombectomy for acute stroke has become more efficient but is still not successful in 100% of cases.[1] One strategy to increase clot removal was ultrasonic cerebral clot lysis, which utilized high-frequency, low amplitude oscillation as a destructive force on the thrombus but has met with limited clinical success.[2] More powerful ultrasound caries the risk of increased heat, threatening cerebral tissue.[3] It is possible that applying significantly higher amplitude mechanical oscillation with concurrent aspiration could break up and clear a thrombus, using the same principles of high-power ultrasonic destruction without increased heat.

    Methods: An oscillating mechanical impact aspiration device was created with a Penumbra Aspiration System. A Penumbra 5Max catheter was placed in a flow model and attached to a Penumbra aspiration pump with a 4-way stop-cock and primed to 25mmHg. A 2mm x 3mm artificial clot that was too large to fit through the 5Max with syringe suction was placed at the catheter tip. 1 Hz oscillation between 25mmHg and 0 was then applied for 5 minutes. This was repeated 7 times.

    Results: The clot was removed from the flow model in all trials within 5 minutes.

    Conclusions: An oscillating mechanical impact aspiration device utilizing the Penumbra Aspiration System can destroy and remove clots too large to fit through a 5Max catheter. Further study will involve experimentation with rate and amplitude to find the most effective combination.

    Patient Care: Our research has the potential to increase the rate of revascularization for cerebral thrombectomy and therefore decrease the number of patients who suffer a cerebral infarction

    Learning Objectives: Understand the principles of ultrasound clot lysis and how they can be manipulated to create a more effective device

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