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Surgical adhesive is granted a humanitarian device exemption as an adjunct with sutures or staples in aortic dissection procedures. The HDE allows use of the adhesive to "facilitate surgical repair of acute thoracic aortic dissections by obliterating the false channels and strengthening the friable diseased aortic tissue for suture placement"

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