Intussusception is a life-threatening illness that occurs when a portion of the intestine folds like a telescope, with one segment slipping inside another segment. It is the most common cause of intestinal obstruction in children and the vast majority of intussusception cases occur between ages three months and three years. An enema reduction procedure is used to treat intussusception, but an airtight seal between the catheter and the patient is not easily obtained. Additionally fluoroscopy is required to identify the intussusception to be sure that reduction has been accomplished. The result is typically long procedure times and radiation exposure to the patient and medical staff members.
The SealCath double balloon catheter is designed solely for the treatment of intussusception in children. It provides a significant improvement over the standard of care by establishing and maintaining an optimal seal required for the reduction. In addition it decreases procedure time and subsequently reduces radiation exposure for all involved. The device was developed by Mr. Cephus E. Simmons, Sr., a clinician who has assisted in numerous intussusception reduction procedures. Mr. Simmons is highly experienced in Intussusception procedures and is highly regarded by his peers and supervising radiologists.
APDC provided funding to finalize the prototype and assist in developing a regulatory strategy for the double balloon catheter.