New Gianturco-Grifka vascular occlusion device. Initial studies in a canine model. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: Transcatheter closure of cardiovascular defects remains a challenge. Several occlusion devices are available, but each device has limitations. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the new Gianturco-Grifka vascular occlusion device (GGVOD) in a canine model. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 26 GGVODs were implanted as part of short- and long-term studies. In the short-term study, 1 GGVOD was implanted in each of 11 systemic arteries from 3.2 to 9.0 mm in diameter. All 11 arteries were occluded immediately. In the long-term study, an aortopulmonary shunt was placed in 10 dogs (9, Gore-tex graft; 1, subclavian artery) followed by GGVOD implantation; additionally, a GGVOD was implanted in 5 subclavian arteries. The dogs were boarded for 3 to 6 months, then recatheterized and euthanatized. Immediately after implantation, the 5 subclavian arteries and 9 Gore-tex shunts were occluded completely; the 1 subclavian artery shunt had a small residual leak. At recatheterization, all 10 shunts and 5 subclavian arteries were occluded completely. Necropsy revealed all shunts to be occluded, with the aortic and pulmonic orifices covered with a neointimal layer. The mean fluoroscopic time needed for GGVOD implantation was 9 minutes (range, 3 to 22 minutes). CONCLUSIONS: (1) In a canine model, the GGVOD is effective for transcatheter occlusion of arteries and aortopulmonary shunts from 3 to 9 mm in diameter. Possible indications in children include aortopulmonary collateral vessels, long patent ductus arteriosus, systemic-pulmonary shunts, AV malformations, and arteries supplying tumors. (2) GGVOD implantation requires a short fluoroscopic time.

published proceedings

  • Circulation

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Grifka, R. G., Mullins, C. E., Gianturco, C., Nihill, M. R., O'Laughlin, M. P., Slack, M. C., Clubb, F. J., & Myers, T. J.

citation count

  • 60

complete list of authors

  • Grifka, RG||Mullins, CE||Gianturco, C||Nihill, MR||O'Laughlin, MP||Slack, MC||Clubb, FJ||Myers, TJ

publication date

  • January 1995