Angiographic evaluation of the luminal changes in the radial artery graft in coronary artery bypass surgery: a concern over the long-term patency.

@article{Ikeda2002AngiographicEO,
  title={Angiographic evaluation of the luminal changes in the radial artery graft in coronary artery bypass surgery: a concern over the long-term patency.},
  author={Masahiro Ikeda and Hirokazu Ohashi and Yasushi Tsutsumi and Katsuaki Hige and Takahiro Kawai and Masateru Ohnaka},
  journal={European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery},
  year={2002},
  volume={21 5},
  pages={
          800-3
        }
}
OBJECTIVE The radial artery graft (RA) still involves two unsolved problems, namely, vasospasm and intimal hyperplasia, although satisfactory early and mid-term outcomes have been obtained recently. METHODS Two hundred patients underwent coronary artery bypass surgery with RA between October,1996 and December,2000. We made a comparison of the luminal diameters at early and mid-term periods in 23 patients who underwent mid-term angiographies after a mean follow-up of 27 months. The proximal… CONTINUE READING

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