New Device to Remove Stroke-Causing Blood Clots Proves Better Than Standard Tool


September 10, 2012

The Solitaire Flow Restoration Device from Covidien is among a new generation of devices designed to remove blood clots from blocked brain arteries in patients experiencing an ischemic stroke. It has a self-expanding, stent-like design, and once inserted into a blocked artery using a thin catheter tube, it compresses and traps the clot. The clot is then removed by withdrawing the device, reopening the blocked blood vessel.

Solitaireh was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March 2012, and is also approved for use in Europe. In a clinical trial called SOLITAIRE With the Intention for Thrombectomy (SWIFT), the Solitaire was found to outperform the current standard mechanical treatment, the Merci Retriever.

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