Patent Number: 6,685,721

Title: Catheter system with catheter and guidewire exchange

Abstract: An intravascular catheter system, such as a dilatation catheter system for angioplasty procedures, which provides for the replacement of the catheter or the guidewire thereof during the procedure. The intravascular catheter has an guidewire-receiving inner lumen extending along the length thereof. A first guidewire port is provided in the catheter body at or near the proximal end of the catheter, a second guidewire port is provided in the catheter body at a location spaced distally from the first guidewire port and proximally from a diagnostic or therapeutic element, such as a dilatation balloon, on a distal portion of the catheter and a third guidewire port is provided in the distal end of the catheter. The guidewire ports are in communication with the guidewire-receiving inner lumen.

Inventors: Kramer; Barry L. (Chicago, IL)

Assignee: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.

International Classification: A61M 29/02 (20060101); A61M 029/00 (); A61M 005/178 ()

Expiration Date: 02/03/2021