Use of StarClose for brachial artery closure after percutaneous endovascular interventions

Vascular. 2008 Mar-Apr;16(2):85-90. doi: 10.2310/6670.2008.00015.


The objective of this study was to evaluate a percutaneous extravascular closure device (StarClose, Abbott Vascular, Redwood City, CA) after brachial endovascular approach. From 2004 to 2006, 29 patients received StarClose for brachial closure. Primary endpoints were successful deployment and absence of procedure-related morbidity, secondary endpoints were brachial artery patency on duplex and absence of late (> 30 days) complications. The device was successfully deployed in all patients. In two patients (6.8%) local complications occurred: one patient developed a large hematoma successfully treated with prolonged compression and a second patient presented with brachial artery occlusion requiring operative intervention. After a mean follow-up of 7.5+/-7.2 months, all patients had a palpable brachial/radial pulse; none had signs of infection, distal embolization or neurological deficits. On ultrasound b-mode imaging, the clip was visible as a 4 mm echolucent area at the outer anterior wall of the artery. Based on the peak systolic velocity ratios between the site of StarClose and proximal brachial artery (mean 1.08+/-0.2), none of the studied patients had a significant stenosis at the site of closure. StarClose is safe and effective in providing hemostasis following interventional procedures through the brachial artery; further advantages include patients comfort and early discharge.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Brachial Artery* / diagnostic imaging
  • Catheterization, Peripheral / adverse effects
  • Catheterization, Peripheral / methods*
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Hemostatic Techniques / adverse effects
  • Hemostatic Techniques / instrumentation*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Punctures / adverse effects
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Ultrasonography
  • Vascular Patency