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Terumo Medical Corporation Recalls SOLOPATH® Balloon Expandable TransFemoral System and Re-Collapsible Balloon Access System Due to Dislodgement of the Fairing Tip from the Sheath

Terumo Medical Corporation Recalls SOLOPATH® Balloon Expandable TransFemoral System and Re-Collapsible Balloon Access System Due to Dislodgement of the Fairing Tip from the Sheath

The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.

Recalled Product

  • SOLOPATH® Balloon Expandable TransFemoral System and Re-Collapsible Balloon Access System
  • All model and lot numbers are affected. (See full list of affected devices in Terumo recall notice.)
  • Manufacturing Dates: June 22, 2016 to January 30, 2019
  • Distribution Dates: July 22, 2016 to March 13, 2019
  • Devices Recalled in the U.S.: 3,474
  • Date Initiated by Firm: April 26, 2019

Device Use

The SoloPath Balloon Expandable TransFemoral Introducer System (STFI) and the SoloPath Re-Collapsible Access System (SR) are sterile, single use devices designed to help insert and guide placement of catheters or other medical devices from a blood vessel to the large arteries in a patient's thigh or hip (femoral or iliac artery). The devices are designed to help reduce friction during insertion and to minimize trauma throughout the procedure.

Figure 1. Examples of expected smooth (left) and dislodged (right) fairing tip.
Figure 1. Examples of expected smooth (left) and dislodged (right) fairing tip.

Reason for Recall

Terumo Medical Corporation is recalling the SOLOPATH® Balloon Expandable TransFemoral System and Re-Collapsible Balloon Access System due to a potential for the tip to dislodge from the outer rim of the sheath resulting in a loss of the smooth transition from the surface of the tip to the outer surface of the expandable sheath.

Use of the affected devices could cause vessel tears (dissection), false lumen, blood between the two outer layers of an artery (pseudoaneurysm), hemorrhage, inability to transition through the skin to the iliac artery in the hip area, vessel perforation, and vessel disruption, which may result in additional medical intervention, increased procedure time, or death.

The firm has received a total of 14 reports of related incidents in which the device has malfunctioned in this manner, including two injuries. No deaths have been reported.

Who May be Affected

  • Patients who underwent surgical procedures involving the SOLOPATH® Balloon Expandable TransFemoral System and Re-Collapsible Balloon Access System
  • Health care providers using the SOLOPATH® Balloon Expandable TransFemoral System and Re-Collapsible Balloon Access System

What to Do

On April 30, 2019, Terumo sent customers a product discontinuance notification and a voluntary recall notice to customers, which listed the following actions:

  • Review the Product Recall Bulletin and the Required Actions.
  • Assure that all users receive notice of this issue so that required actions can be performed.
  • Assure that this notice is forwarded to applicable facilities if any affected products were further distributed outside of your facility.
  • Review your SOLOPATH inventory immediately to identify and isolate affected inventory to prevent future use.
  • Complete the Medical Device Recall Response Form. The form is required even if you do not have product to return.
  • If you have product to return, contact Stericycle to obtain a credit and reference event number 10082. Phone Number: 855-205-2627 E-Mail: return to terumo10082@stericycle.com.
  • E-mail the Recall Acknowledgement Form to terumo10082@stericycle.com to arrange for product to be returned to Stericycle.

Terumo encourages customers to consider alternative suppliers.

Contact Information

For questions or concerns regarding this notification, please call Terumo at 1-800-888-3786. 

Full List of Affected Devices

Product Name SOLOPATH® Balloon Expandable TransFemoral System SOLOPATH® Re-Collapsible Balloon Access System
Product Models STFI-1425
STFI-1435
STFI-1625
STFI-1635
STFI-1825
STFI-1835
STFI-1925
STFI-1935
STFI-2125
STFI-2135
SR-1925
SR-1935
SR-2025
SR-2035
SR-2225
SR-2235
SR-2425
SR-2435
Lot Numbers All lots within expiry All lots within expiry

Additional Resources

How do I report a problem?

Health care professionals and consumers may report adverse reactions or quality problems they experience using these devices to MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program either online, by regular mail or by FAX to 1-800-FDA-0178.

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