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Medical Malpractice

Cyanoacrylate Litigation: The Illegal Use of Class III Devices

Interventional neuroradiologists devised procedures that are performed from inside the blood vessel (endo-vascular) in order to treat strokes, aneurisms, arterial/venous malformations and other vascular anomalies, in the attempt to eliminate the necessity of performing brain surgery.

Mr. Newman’s present case load includes ground breaking litigation involving human experimentation where patients were subjected to the illegal injection of an unapproved device similar to “super glue” into the abnormalities found in the blood vessels of their brains. These arteriovenous malformations (AVM’s) were being treated with a process called embolization.

An embolization is preformed when a catheter containing a device (an irritant), is placed into the femoral vein, which is then snaked up into the vessels of the brain. Once the catheter reaches the anomaly, the irritant is released. The device is designed to disrupt the flow of blood causing a clot.

Many devices were employed during the 1970’s: BB’s, silk threads, balloons, polyvinyl alcohol, metal coils, and even glues, known as cyanoacrylates. One such brand, “Histoacryl,” the scientific name being N-butyl cyanoacrylate (NBCA), has the same chemical composition as Super Glue.

Mr. Newman’s clients suffered serious and totally debilitating injuries from the improper injection of these devices.



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