A novel endovascular occlusion device with a steerable introducer for embolization in a porcine model

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It has been reported that vascular plugging has become a therapeutic alternative to coil embolization in certain cases that require occlusion. However, the use of a relatively large and rigid delivery sheath may be a limiting factor in vascular plug use. In this study, we aimed to determine the safety and efficacy of a novel transcatheter occlusion device with unique design and delivery system in a pig model.


The Cera vascular plug was delivered and deployed through the FuStar steerable introducer sheath, which can control tip direction during advancement. Twelve pigs were randomized to undergo an embolization procedure in which the Cera vascular plug was implanted into the left internal iliac artery (IIA) with the FuStar steerable introducer (n= 6) or a control introducer sheath. Another eight pigs were assigned to undergo an embolization procedure in which the test device was implanted into either the splenic artery (SA,n= 4) or the lower segmental branch of left renal artery (LRA,n= 4). Angiography and pathological examinations were performed to evaluate the outcomes.


A total of 20 target vessels were embolized with a total of 22 test plugs. Compared with the control introducer, plug embolization through the FuStar steerable introducer was associated with shorter fluoroscopy time (21.50 ± 3.62 vs. 28.33 ± 2.16 min,P= 0.003) and less contrast medium (129.17 ± 22.68 vs. 162.50 ± 13.69 mL,P= 0.012). At the 2-month follow-up, angiography and pathological examinations did not show any evidence of migration, and persistent occlusion was observed in 18 of the 20 target vessels. Organ ischemia occurred when plugs were deployed within the lower segmental branch of the LRA.


This novel device is suitable for therapeutic vascular embolization with the use of flexible delivery systems. The different outcomes of SA and LRA plugging suggested that the occluding device should be placed within the appropriate portion of the target vessel to allow the development of collateralization. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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