Amplatz Super Stiff

Last revised by Yahya Baba on 1 Jul 2023

The Amplatz Super Stiff, or Amplatz guidewire, is a widely utilized stiff rail wire. It possesses properties that enable excellent trackability, stable exchange, and effective deployment of heavy devices.

It was designed to succeed the Lundquist guidewire, the stiffest wire available in 19861.

The Amplatz wire exhibits a hydrophobic super stiff shaft that seamlessly transitions into a flexible, floppy tip. This design feature enhances the wire's resistance to bending and minimizes the risk of vessel damage when deploying heavy devices 2.

Diameter: 0.035 / 0.038 inch

Length: from 75 cm to 260 cm

Tip shapes:

  • straight

  • J-tip configuration

  • Bentson-type configuration

All procedures that require the use of balloons, stents, or drainage catheters.

Vascular procedures


Gastrointestinal and emergencies


The Amplatz guidewire should not be used as a navigation wire as it may lead to vascular or biliary injury due to it's inherent stiffness and hydrophobic shaft.

It was first described in 1986 by Smith et al 2.

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