Removal of thrombus from aortocoronary bypass grafts and coronary arteries using the 6Fr Hydrolyser

The American Journal of Cardiology
V van OmmenH J Wellens


This study evaluates the feasibility and safety of a 6Fr hydrodynamic thrombectomy catheter, the Hydrolyser, in native coronary arteries and aortocoronary bypass grafts. With use of a conventional contrast injector, saline solution is injected into the narrow lumen of the catheter which makes a 180 degrees bend at the tip. The resultant high-velocity jet (150 km/hour) is directed over a sidehole near the tip into a wide exhaust lumen. As a consequence of the Venturi effect, thrombus is sucked into that sidehole, fragmented, and removed through the wide exhaust lumen into a collection bag. Thirty-one thrombotic lesions were treated in 31 patients. The culprit vessel was a venous graft in 21 patients (15 with Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction Trial [TIMI] grade 0 or 1 flow) and a coronary artery in 11 patients (9 with grade 0 or 1 flow). Twenty-six patients had angina New York Heart Association functional class III or IV heart failure and 5 an acute myocardial infarction. In 26 patients, Hydrolyser therapy was the primary treatment, whereas in 5 patients coronary angioplasty preceded Hydrolyser therapy. In 1 patient the Hydrolyser could not reach the lesion. Thrombus was removed in 29 of the 31 patients. Successful reperfusio...Continue Reading


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