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Alternate Treatment Options for Acute Arterial Occlusion
Alternate Treatment Options for Acute Arterial Occlusion

This exhibit features four large views of a section of generic artery to demonstrate different ways to treat an acute arterial occlusion. Each segment of artery has the front half cut away to allow a clear view into the lumen of each vessel. The first view shows normal anatomy with a clear and open lumen. Arrows show the direction of blood flow through this vessel. The second image depicts surgical bypass with an isolated blockage in the middle of our artery segment and a bypass graft in place routing blood flow from above this blockage to below. Arrows show the new pathway of blood through the graft bypassing the blockage. The third image portrays mechanical thrombectomy with the tip of a catheter within the artery advanced down to the thrombus and spraying saline into the clot and suctioning away the loosened particles as the clot is broken up. The fourth image shows thrombolytic therapy with clot buster drugs. Small dots representing the medication are shown flowing down into the segment and washing over the proximal aspect of the thrombus which causes it to break up into small pieces.

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Last Updated: Mar 5th, 2020

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