FDA Clears First Device for Removing Blood Clots in Ischemic Stroke Patients

Catheter introduces Concentric Medical’s device into the brain which then captures and removes the blood clot that’s causing the stroke.: “The FDA granted clearance after a thorough review of patient data obtained in a clinical study at 25 medical centers in the United States. The MERCI (Mechanical Embolus Removal in Cerebral Ischemia) Trial evaluated the device in 141 patients who were ineligible for a ‘clot-busting’ drug that can only be used within three hours of stroke onset.”

This sounds like a true breakthrough. Congratulations to Concentric Medical–and to all the stroke patients, including many relatively young people, who may not have to go on to a lifetime of disability.