The square stent-based large vessel occluder: An experimental pilot study

Dusan Pavcnik, Barry T. Uchida, Hans Timmermans, Christopher L. Corless, Marc Loriaux, Frederick S. Keller, Josef Rosch

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PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is in vitro and in vivo experimental evaluation of a square stent-based vascular occlusion device for large vessels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Square stent-based large vessel occluders (LVO) 5 mm-50 mm in size were constructed from stain-less-steel square stents covered by porcine small intestine submucosa (SIS). The LVOs with two back-side barbs were delivered through a guiding catheter. The LVOs with two back-side barbs and two frontal barbs were front-loaded and delivered coaxially. A pusher with a retention mechanism at its end was used for deployment. In vitro testing for competency was performed with use of a flow model with pressure increases. In an experimental pilot study in seven pigs and five dogs, 16 LVOs were placed into the aorta (n = 4), common iliac artery (n = 2), pulmonary artery (n = 4), and medial sacral artery (n = 6). Four animals received two LVOs in different locations. Angiography was performed before and after placement of each LVO. Animals were followed for as long as 3 months with use of angiography and were then killed for gross and histologic evaluation. RESULTS: In vitro LVOs with two and four barbs were easily collapsed and pushed through or front-loaded into guiding catheters (6-F for a 5-mm occluder, 10-F for a 50-mm occluder). A 20-mm LVO adapted to tubular structures 10-15 mm in diameter, forming polygons 17-18.5 mm in length. In the flow model, LVOs endured pressure increases to 300 mm Hg. In vivo, the LVOs self-expanded and adapted to the vessel without migration in all cases. The locking pusher allowed precise LVO placement and engagement of its barbs into the vessel wall before complete deployment, preventing dislodgment by blood flow. Complete arterial occlusion occurred within 10-20 minutes and arteries remained occluded until the animal was killed in all cases. After 2 months, histologic evaluation revealed replacement of SIS by host tissue and its remodeling with variable fibrocytes, fibroblasts, and some inflammatory cells. Complete endothelialization was seen on both sides of the LVO. CONCLUSION: The SIS LVO is effective and reliable for acute and chronic occlusion in a high flow model in an experimental animal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1227-1234
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000


  • Embolization
  • Interventional procedures, experimental
  • Stents and prostheses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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