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Exclusive use of arterial grafts in coronary artery bypass operations for three-vessel disease: use of both thoracic arteries and the gastroepiploic artery in 256 consecutive patients.

Authors
  • Grandjean, J G
  • Voors, A A
  • Boonstra, P W
  • den Heyer, P
  • Ebels, T
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Publisher
American Association for Thoracic Surgery
Publication Date
Oct 01, 1996
Volume
112
Issue
4
Pages
935–942
Identifiers
PMID: 8873719
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We conclude that the concomitant use of the gastroepiploic artery with the both internal thoracic arteries has low morbidity and mortality in patients with three-vessel disease operated on by experienced surgeons. At this moment, we have no reason to believe graft patency will deteriorate in the future. On the basis of these results, the knowledge that arteries are to be preferred over veins for coronary bypass grafting, and the absence of a leg incision, we believe this operative technique is superior to the use of venous grafts.

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