Brain surgery using a recalled Monteris NeuroBlate Probe may result in severe injury, brain damage, bleeding in the brain, or death.
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In October 2017, Monteris Medical recalled the NeuroBlate System and Laser Delivery Probes because the tip of the probe can overheat unexpectedly and damage healthy brain tissue nearby. Another problem is that the tip of the probe can also break off, releasing carbon monoxide (used as a cooling agent) into the brain.
FDA Announces Class I Recall for NeuroBlate Probe
In March 2018, the FDA issued a Class I recall and reported that a patient suffered an intracranial hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain) and died when the NeuroBlate Probe malfunctioned.
Brain Injuries from NeuroBlate Probe
- Permanent brain damage
- Intracranial hemorrhage
- Brain swelling
- Unintentional injury to healthy brain tissue
What is the NeuroBlate Probe?
Monteris NeuroBlate Laser Delivery Probes (previously called the “AutoLitt System”) are small, carbon dioxide (CO2)-cooled catheters for minimally-invasive brain surgery. NeuroBlate can remove, thicken, solidify, or destroy brain tissue, including tumors in cancer patients. Monteris Medical is also testing it in the surgical treatment of epilepsy.
How Does NeuroBlate Work?
The NeuroBlate System uses a hot laser to destroy brain tissue or tumors while surgeons watch the process using thermal imaging. The device uses contained CO2 to cool areas not targeted for heating.
What is the Problem?
The tip of the NeuroBlate Laser Delivery Probe can overheat unexpectedly if it interacts with the MRI system during brain surgery.
“This could cause unanticipated heating of surrounding brain tissue, or damage the tip of the probe, and allow the CO2 cooling gas inside the probe to leak into the brain.”
What Neuroblate Systems Were Recalled?
The recall involves 52 of the Monteris Medical NeuroBlate System and Laser Delivery Probes in the U.S. and Canada.
They are marked with product codes GEX or HAW, manufacturing and distribution dates between April 2013 and July 2017, and models:
- SideFire 3.3 mm (SFP) Directional Laser Probe (sizes 000-5)
- FullFire 3.3 mm DTP Diffusing Tip Laser Probe (sizes 000-5)
- FullFire Select 2.2 mm Diffusing Tip Laser Probe (sizes 000-5)
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