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Morbidity following coronary artery revascularisation with the internal mammary artery

Authors
Journal
International Journal of Cardiology
0167-5273
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
30
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0167-5273(91)90124-8
Keywords
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract To investigate the morbidity after coronary artery bypass grafting, one hundred and seventy-eight patients were retrospectively studied with a minimum follow-up period of one year. Although there was no difference in the incidence and distribution of pain in hospital, seventy percent of patients who had an internal mammary artery used as one of the bypass conduits experienced chest wound pain after discharge from hospital compared to 51.7% of patients who had vein grafts alone ( P < 0.05). Twenty-three percent of patients who had their left internal mammary arteries harvested experienced chronic left-sided chest wall pain compared to 4.5% of patients who had vein grafts only ( P < 0.005). The possible factors responsible are discussed and a review made of the complications which may result from using the internal mammary artery in coronary artery surgery.

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