Recall of Device Recall Ascenda Intrathecal Catheter

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Medtronic Neuromodulation.

What is this?

A correction or removal action taken by a manufacturer to address a problem with a medical device. Recalls occur when a medical device is defective, when it could be a risk to health, or when it is both defective and a risk to health.

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  • Type of Event
  • Event ID
  • Event Risk Class
    Class 2
  • Event Number
  • Event Initiated Date
  • Event Date Posted
  • Event Status
  • Event Country
  • Event Terminated Date
  • Event Source
  • Event Source URL
  • Notes / Alerts
    U.S. data is current through June 2018. All of the data comes from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, except for the category Manufacturer Parent Company.
    The Parent Company was added by ICIJ.
    The parent company information is based on 2017 public records.
  • Extra notes in the data
    Pump, infusion, implanted, programmable - Product Code LKK
  • Reason
    Medtronic has determined that an ascenda catheter kit may have had endotoxin in excess of usp limits.
  • Action
    There was only one consignee affected by the recall. The consignee was contacted by phone on 5/2/14 and the information was provided verbally. General Manager & Vice President, Pain Stimulation/Targeted Drug Delivery spoke via phone with the physician managing the patient. The following information was provided: "Medtronic identified the potential for endotoxin levels exceeding USP requirements on product recently implanted (Model 8780, serial number N457062003). "There may be the potential for serious patient injury due to endotoxin within the first hours after implant. "Medtronic recommends observing the patient for symptoms of meningitis. Also to be aware that CSF would not test with a positive culture because endotoxin induced meningitis results in an aseptic meningitis. The physician expressed confidence in the management of the patient and stated he was calling the nursing care facility to increase monitoring of the patient. Subsequent information was received regarding the patient indicating there were no signs of an endotoxin reaction.


  • Model / Serial
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Distributed in the state of CT.
  • Product Description
    Medtronic Model 8780 Ascenda Intrathecal Catheter. || The implantable Medtronic Model 8780 Ascenda Intrathecal Catheter is part of an infusion system that stores and delivers parenteral drugs to the intrathecal space. The implanted infusion system components consist of a Medtronic pump and a Model 8780 Ascenda Intrathecal Catheter.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Medtronic Neuromodulation, 7000 Central Ave Ne, Minneapolis MN 55432-3568
  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Manufacturer comment
    “If our surveillance systems identify a potential performance issue, our personnel promptly evaluate the problem, including, when appropriate, conducting root cause investigations and internal testing to assess whether the product continues to meet specifications and defined performance criteria,” Medtronic told ICIJ in a statement. “In some cases, based on this evaluation, Medtronic may determine that a recall is necessary.” The company said that it communicates with healthcare providers and/or patients and provide recommendations to address such issues. Medtronic noted that these communications can include letters, emails, calls, press releases, physician notifications and social media postings, as well as informing the FDA and other regulators of the actions.
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