"Armored" aspiration catheter technique to enhance aspiration catheter delivery in challenging thrombus-containing lesions

Emmanouil S. Brilakis, Christopher Lichtenwalter, Subhash Banerjee

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Use of aspiration catheters can improve the outcomes of percutaneous coronary interventions in thrombus-containing lesions, yet delivery of such catheters may be difficult, especially in tortuous and calcified vessels and when guide catheter support is poor. We report two cases demonstrating successful application of a novel "armored" aspiration catheter technique, in which a 0.035 inch guidewire is inserted via the aspiration lumen to render the aspiration catheter stiffer and facilitate delivery to the target vessel thrombotic segment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)846-849
Number of pages4
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 15 2009



  • Bypass grafts-coronary
  • Devices
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention
  • Thrombus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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