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Cardica Announces Publication of Case Report in the Journal of Neurosurgery Featuring Use of C-Port(R) System in Brain Arterial Bypass
Date:11/10/2008

- Dr. Ralph G. Dacey, Jr., Successfully Uses C-Port System to Bypass

Cerebral Aneurysm in Patient with Brain Injury -

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cardica, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRDC) today announced publication of a case study in the September issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Neurosurgery featuring the use of Cardica's C-Port xA(R) Distal Anastomosis System to connect blood vessels in the brain to bypass an enlarging aneurysm.

Ralph G. Dacey, Jr., M.D., professor and chairman of neurological surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and his colleagues performed neurosurgery on a 43-year-old male patient who sustained a subarachnoid hemorrhage after being assaulted and, as a result, experienced an enlarging aneurysm. Using the C-Port system, the neurosurgeons bypassed the aneurysm using a saphenous vein graft extending from the extracranial common carotid artery to the intracranial middle cerebral artery. The C-Port system performed an automated anastomosis by inserting 13 tiny staples into the graft and recipient vessel. The bypass was demonstrated to be patent (open) on intraoperative and postoperative arteriography, and the patient subsequently made a good neurologic recovery.

"By using the C-Port system instead of hand sewing the vessels in the brain, we were able to reliably connect the graft vessel and significantly reduce the length of time that blood flow was cut off from the brain in this patient," said Dr. Dacey. "In appropriate patients, we believe the C-Port system is a useful addition to the arsenal of tools that neurovascular surgeons have to surgically bypass cerebral aneurysms. We are looking forward to using it in other suitable cases." <
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