Initial characterization of Ikari Guide catheter for transradial coronary intervention

Yuji Ikari, Hiroyoshi Nakajima, Raisuke Iijima, Jiro Aoki, Kengo Tanabe, Tomohiro Nakayama, Akiyoshi Miyazawa, Mitsuharu Hatori, Hiroyuki Kyouno, Shuzou Tanimoto, Eisuke Amiya, Gaku Nakazawa, Yoshinobu Onuma, Kazuhiro Hara
Journal of Invasive Cardiology 2004, 16 (2): 65-8
Ikari is a new guide catheter for transradial intervention (TRI) that produces stronger back-up force by utilizing an unfavorable angle between the subclavian and brachiocephalic arteries. We report the initial results of the Ikari guide catheter based on the experience of a single center. Six operators performed a total of 102 coronary interventions for 91 patients using the Ikari guide catheter, while 101 interventions were performed with the transfemoral approach (TFI) during the same period. A left Ikari catheter was used in 63 procedures, and a right Ikari catheter was used in 39. The success rate for the procedure was 97% with a 6 French Ikari catheter. All failures were due to tortuous brachiocephalic arteries. For the Ikari procedure, the average fluorescence time was 14.5 9.5 minutes and the dye volume used was 153 53 ml; these results were equal to or better than those of TFI during the same period (20.1 12.2 minutes and 184 61 ml, respectively). These preliminary data suggest that an acceptable success rate can be achieved in TRI using appropriate guides, such as an Ikari catheter.

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