Introduction The use of retrievable stents for acute ischemic stroke (AIS) may result in the release of distal emboli in 12–22% of cases. The Lazarus Funnel is a novel CE-marked thrombectomy assist device designed to capture the stentriever and thrombus to minimize the likelihood of distal embolization. To study this technology, we performed a randomized blinded in vitro evaluation of this device.
Methods A cerebral flow model was used as an in vitro simulator for cerebral arterial thrombectomy procedures. Stratified block randomization was performed following embolus injection into one of three cohorts: Solitaire stentriever plus guide catheter (control); control plus proximal Funnel placement; or control plus distal Funnel placement. Time to embolectomy, recanalization, and incidence of distal emboli were determined by a blinded observer.
Results Forty-five thrombectomy trials were performed (15 in each group). The average time required for thrombectomy in each group was 8 min 26 s, 11 min 0 s and 9 min 24 s, respectively (p=NS). Use of the Funnel was associated with significantly improved recanalization compared with stentriever alone (p<0.01). Use of the proximal Funnel resulted in a 25% increase in successful recanalization and a 20% reduction in distal emboli. Use of the distal Funnel resulted in a 200% increase in successful recanalization and a 60% reduction in emboli.
Conclusions In this AIS embolism flow model with Solitaire thrombectomy, the Lazarus Funnel resulted in a significant increase in recanalization and significant reduction in distal emboli without increase in time to recanalization.
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