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1. US20110190683 - EXPANDABLE AND COLLAPSIBLE MEDICAL DEVICE

Office
United States of America
Application Number 13018938
Application Date 01.02.2011
Publication Number 20110190683
Publication Date 04.08.2011
Publication Kind A1
IPC
A61M 1/14
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
MDEVICES FOR INTRODUCING MEDIA INTO, OR ONTO, THE BODY; DEVICES FOR TRANSDUCING BODY MEDIA OR FOR TAKING MEDIA FROM THE BODY; DEVICES FOR PRODUCING OR ENDING SLEEP OR STUPOR
1Suction or pumping devices for medical purposes; Devices for carrying-off, for treatment of, or for carrying-over, body-liquids; Drainage systems
14Dialysis systems; Artificial kidneys; Blood oxygenators
A61M 29/02
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
MDEVICES FOR INTRODUCING MEDIA INTO, OR ONTO, THE BODY; DEVICES FOR TRANSDUCING BODY MEDIA OR FOR TAKING MEDIA FROM THE BODY; DEVICES FOR PRODUCING OR ENDING SLEEP OR STUPOR
29Dilators with or without means for introducing media, e.g. remedies
02Inflatable dilators; Dilators made of swellable materials
CPC
A61M 25/0054
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
MDEVICES FOR INTRODUCING MEDIA INTO, OR ONTO, THE BODY
25Catheters; Hollow probes
0043characterised by structural features
0054with regions for increasing flexibility
A61M 25/0023
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
MDEVICES FOR INTRODUCING MEDIA INTO, OR ONTO, THE BODY
25Catheters; Hollow probes
0021characterised by the form of the tubing
0023by the form of the lumen, e.g. cross-section, variable diameter
A61M 2025/0024
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
MDEVICES FOR INTRODUCING MEDIA INTO, OR ONTO, THE BODY
25Catheters; Hollow probes
0021characterised by the form of the tubing
0023by the form of the lumen, e.g. cross-section, variable diameter
0024Expandable catheters or sheaths
Applicants LEVITRONIX LLC
Inventors Gellman Barry N.
Richardson J. Scott
Dasse Kurt A.
Title
(EN) EXPANDABLE AND COLLAPSIBLE MEDICAL DEVICE
Abstract
(EN)

A catheter (or cannula) is small enough in diameter to be placed minimally invasively into the body of a patient but also can be expanded post-placement to provide a larger-diameter placed catheter that supports fluid flow at a rate higher than is possible through the pre-placement reduced-diameter catheter. The expandable catheter is constructed using one or more shape memory polymers and can include one or more stent-like sections and/or at least part of the cannula formed as folded lobes. Each of the stent-like sections is configured to enhance the flexibility of the section as compared to the other parts of the catheter and thus allow the section to accommodate tight bends and turns when inserted into the body of the patient. The folded lobes are axial folds that constitute at least one section of the cannula, and they unfold upon expansion of the catheter to create a large cross-sectional shape.