Medical device balloons containing thermoplastic elastomers

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PATENT NO 5797877
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08653117

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A dilatation balloon and catheter for insertion into a bodily conduit. The catheter (10) includes shaft (12) and a dilatation balloon (24) at the distal end of the shaft. The balloon is inflated via a central lumen (14) in the shaft for delivery of a fluid inflation media. The balloon is fabricated from a combination of a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), preferably an engineering thermoplastic elastomer (ETE), with a non-compliant structural polymeric material. The combination may be a blend of the non-compliant structural polymer and the TPE. Alternatively, the combination may be a layered balloon having, for example, a non-compliant structural polymer inner layer and a soft, abrasion resistant, elastomeric outer layer. Methods for fabricating the balloon from the combination of a TPE and a non-compliant structural polymer are also disclosed.

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BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.MAPLE GROVE, MN5246

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Hamilton, Bruce Lowell, MA 50 988
Sahatjian, Ronald A Lexington, MA 87 5777

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