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Publication numberUS3754555 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 28, 1973
Filing dateOct 5, 1971
Priority dateOct 5, 1971
Publication numberUS 3754555 A, US 3754555A, US-A-3754555, US3754555 A, US3754555A
InventorsSchmitt G
Original AssigneeSchmitt G
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Controllable barbed intracardial electrode
US 3754555 A
A repeatably implantable intracardial electrode for use with a heart stimulation device provides a piston movable axially within a cavity in the electrode body. The piston carries resilient prongs which move through channels in the electrode body to engage the heart tissue for implantation of the electrode. The prongs are retracted when tension is exerted on the piston, and are advanced by force on the piston.
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United States Patent 1191 Schmitt Aug. 28,, 1973 CONTROLLABLE BARBED INTRACARDIAL 3,120,227 2/1964 Hunter, Jr. =1 a1. 128/418 ELECTRODE 3,347,224 10/1967 Adams 12812.05 F 3,523,538 8/1970 Shimizo 128/404 [76] inventor: Gel-Inn Sclunltt, Vredenweg 8, 44

Mum", Germany FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS [22] Filed: Oct. 5" 1971 246,004 11/1969 U.S.S.R. 128/419 P [211 Appl. No.: 186,654 Primary Examiner-William E. Kamm I Attorney-Martin Kirkpatrick [52] US. Cl. 128/418 128/419 P 51 in. C1. A6ln 1/04 [57] ABSTRACT [581 r1614 6: Search 128/2 A, 2 R, 2.05 n, A repeatably implantable intracardisl electrodefor 128/105 1:, 295 105 2 1 E, 404' 418. with a heart stimulation device provides a piston mov- 419 p 4 9 R able axially within a cavity in the electrode body. The 1 piston carries resilient prongs which move through {56] Ra cm channels in the electrode body to engage the heart tis- UNITED STATES PATENTS sue for implantation of the electrode. The prongs are 3 348.548 10/1967 chum, 128/418 retracted when tension is exerted on the piston, and are 665,916 5/1972 xobs uhi2:111:11: 128/2 R advanged by 3,631,848 1/1972 Muller 128/205 R 2 Cllllns, 1 Drawing Fllll't lllllllllllllilll l 1. CONTROLLABLE' BARBED "INTRACARDIAL ELECTRODE lar isopened; and theelectrodeisthen pushed through the vein, metal head foremost; until it reaches the auricle of the heart;

Depending. on the clinical situation of the patient, stimulation of either the auricle or theventricle maybe desired.- In the case of stimulation of the amide, .the

head of the electrode ispressed against the auriclewall;v

24 thetcase"ofstim'ulation of the ventricle; the electrode is fed through the heart valve and'is pressed againstthe wall of the ventricle. It is-desirable to dispose th'ehelical conductorina bowed position, so that the head is pressed against'thelwall of the heart 'by'the resilience of'ithe conductor.

' After the electrode has reached the desired position, measuring and testingapparatus is connected to the end bf the conductorthat remains'outside the-patients body, in orde'r'to measure the stimulation threshold of the heart.

Afterthese measurements have been" completed, the conductor is connected to a cardiacstimulation device (heart'pacer), which-may be'either external to thebody or=implanted 'withinthe patient.

When' th'eheart pacer is to be-implanted, a support orbedfor the stimulator-is provided in the thorax or abdomen and thenconnected to the neck by means of tubingthat is led through the body. The external 'end' of the helical conductor (remote from-the heart) is the wall of the heart,rather than within'the wall tissue,

provides a most important advantage, in that the surgical procedureforimplantationis much lessextensive. However, such an exterior electrode has previously in volved the disadvantage: that after a period of 'use the electrode sometimes becomes dislodged, separating the operative tip of the electrode fro'mthe heart wall. Such dislocation'is generally-the result of movements of the heart wall. As aresult, the patient must undergo a'further surgical operation in order to replant the electrode, withobvious undesirable stress on the patient.

To prevent such dislocation, it has been attempted to placethe tip of the electrode between trabecular muscles: but such muscles are not common in "the heart wall. "has also been suggested that a portion ofthe head of the electrode might be formed as a truncated cone, so that the head can operate as abarb. At present, no useful measurements canbe expected using such a-device.

lt is therefore an object of the invention to provide an improvedimplantable intracardial electrode, which substantially reduces the likelihood of dislocation of the electrode, and.thus increases the safety of the patie'ntusing it.

'and connected to the conductor. A number of resilientprongs or barbs are attached to the cylinder. Channels are provided in the tip of the head, at an angle to the. cavity axis; and the resilient prongs are extendable through these channels to the outside of the electrode.

Motion of the cylinder towards the heart wall pushes these resilient prongsinto the myocardium, securing the'electrode in place. To obtain this effect, it is impor tant thatthe prongs be placed at a suitable angle with respect to the axis of the piston, and that the diameter of the prongs be suitably chosen. Good results may be obtained when the channels in the head of the electrode are-placed at an angle of about 40 with respect to the axis of the piston.

The prongs he preferred embodiment may be advantageously made of nylon of 0.3 mm diameter. Alternatively, one may use metalprongs covered with insulating'material. The use of metal prongs has the advert tage that the placement of the prongs in the wall of the heart may be observed with the aid of X-rays. h

If on the first attempt the electrode is not satisfactorily implanted, the prongs may be'freed from the heart wail tissue by means of a thin flexible wire attached to the piston, and led through the inside of the insulating member. Tension on the wire retracts the piston .and"

thereby the prongs.

Forward motion of the piston, to force the prongs' into the myocardium, is accomplished by means of a stiff wire, also led through the inside of the insulating member. To obtain good operating contact of this wire with the piston, the end of the piston nearest the,con ductor may be covered with a metallic cap..

Other objects, features and advantages will appear from the following description of a preferred embodiment of the invention, taken together with the attached drawing thereof, in which:

FIG. lis a cross-sectional view of the electrode. Referring to the drawing, electrode 10 is connected to a helical conductor 12, carried within an insulating member 14, such as a tube of silicone rubber. Conductor 12 may be externally connected at its remote; end to a heart stimulation device. Conductor 12 is electri cally connected with a head 16, which may be made,

for example, of platinum; a narrowed portion 18 of 7 head 16 is inserted into insulating member 14, so that portion 18 lies between conductor 12 and insulating member 14. In the construction of head 16, the end of I ton axis. Four prongs are a desirable number.

Prongs 24 are finnly attached at 28, as by welding, to the end of piston 22 nearest conductor 12. At the forward end of the piston the prongs are retained by a ring 30, to prevent their spreading.

A force-transmitting member is provided in the form of a stiff wire 32, carried within insulating member 14, by which piston 22 can be moved forward, causing prongs 24 to protrude through channels 26 to the exterior of electrode 10, enabling them to engage the tissue of the myocardium.

In addition, a thin wire 34 may be attached to cylinder 22,'for instance .by welding, to provide a tension- 7 transmitting member by means of which piston .22 together with attached prongs 24 can be retracted if the first attempt at implantation in the myocardium is unsatisfactory.

Prongs 24 may be of varying-length, depending on whether the electrode is to be attached to the auricle or the ventricle. The length should be such that when piston 22 is in'its extreme forward position (shown in the drawing), a length of about 3 mm "protrudes from head 16, if the head is to beattached to the auricle, or a length of 4 to 5' mm if it is to be attached to the ventrimoved back and forth several times, after which the superfluous lubricant may be'removed.

ln use, the electrode is secured'in place by pushing on stiff wire 32 to force prongs 24 outwardly into the heart wall tissue. Wire 32 may then be removed through insulating member 14, leaving only the coiled conductor 12 and thin wire 34, which are relatively flexible. The end of insulating member 14 remote from electrode 10,:with conductor 12, may then be connected to a suitable heart stimulation device internal or external to the patient. in the event that electrode 10 is unsatisfactorily placed or must be removed, prongs 24 are retracted by tension on thin wire 34, and stiff wire 32 may be'reinserted through-the'remote end of insulating member 14 to exert the desired force on cylinder 22 to cause reimplantation.

What is claimed is: l. A controllable repeatably implantable electrode comprising I a conducting head, a conductor electrically connected to said head, said head having a front portion and elongated body portion defining an axially oriented cavity, g a tubular insulating member connected to said body portion and aligned'with sa'id cavityJaid conductor being carried away from insulating member,

said head. within said a plurality of channels extending from said cavity through said front portion to the exterior of said head, and each disposed at an angle to the axis of said cavity,

a rigid cylindrical piston movable axially within said cavity between a forward implantation position and a retracted position, carrying a plurality of resilient prongs each extending into a said channel,

a removable force-transmitting member carried within said insulating member, having one end bearing-against said piston and the other end re- I mote from said piston,

a flexible tension-transmitting member carried within said-'insulating'member, having one end attached to said piston and the other end remote from said pistOll,

said piston being moved within said cavity to said forward implantation position by force applied to said remote end of said force-transmitting member, said prongs being thereby moved through said channels to engage the heart tissue for implantation of said electrode, and said piston being moved to saidretractedpos'ition by tension exerted on said remote end of .said tension-transmitting member, said prongs being thereby retracted and freed from said heart tissue for removal of said electrode.

2. An intracardial electrode for use in artificial stimu- I lation of a patients heart, suitable for prolonged implantation within a patients body,

said electrode comprising an elongated body defining an axially oriented cavity,

a tubular flexible insulating member connected to said body and aligned with said cavity,

a flexible electrical conductor connected to said body and carried away therefrom within said flexible insulating member,

said body having at least one channel extending from said cavity to the exterior of said body and disposed at an angle to the axis of said cavity, a rigid piston movable axially within said cavity, and at least one resilient prong longer than a said channel, attached to said piston and extending into a said channel,

a substantially rigid force-transmitting member carried within said insulating member, having one end bearing against said piston and the other end remote from said piston and protruding from said insulating member, and

a generally flexible retracting member attached to said piston and carried away therefrom within said conducting member,

whereby force exerted on said remote end of said force-transmitting member is transmitted by said bearing end to said piston, causing said prong to extend through said channel to engage the tissue of the said patients heart, and tension exerted on said retracting member is transmitted to said piston and retracts it, freeing said prongs from the heart tissue.

I t i l i UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION Patent No. 3,75 h555 Dated AugustZB, 197 3 Inventor (5) German Schmitt It is certified that error appears in the above-identified patent .and that said Letters Patent are hereby corrected as shown below:

Column l, line 20, delete "2L; and insert in Column Lt, line 32, delete "tubular".

Signed and sealed this Ltth day of June 197M.

(SEAL) Attestz' EDWARD PLFIETCHEKJR. C. MARSHALL DA'NN Attesting Officer j Commissioner of Patients F ORM PO-1 050 (10-69) USCOMM-DC B0376-P69 .5. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE l9! 0J6-38|,

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U.S. Classification607/128
International ClassificationA61N1/05, A61N1/375
Cooperative ClassificationA61N1/0573, A61N1/375
European ClassificationA61N1/375, A61N1/05N4A