Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Devices for Immediate and Complete Peripheral Artery Occlusion

Approximately 50,000 peripheral artery embolization procedures are performed annually in the U.S. for a variety of clinical indications including stopping life-threatening bleeding; reducing blood flow to cancerous tumors; and diverting blood away from arterial aneurysms, arteriovenous fistulas, and other vascular malformations. Most of these procedures involve the endovascular implantation of wire coils or wire mesh vascular plugs to stimulate the formation of thrombus, resulting in blood vessel occlusion. These devices are difficult to place accurately, require substantial time and effort to achieve complete occlusion, and can be susceptible to vessel recanalization. Innovative devices that overcome these limitations are needed.

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