Antibodies to cardiolipin may increase the risk of failure of peripheral vein bypasses.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES To assess the association between antibodies to cardiolipin and infrainguinal vein graft patency. MATERIALS AND METHODS Plasma levels of antibodies to cardiolipin, haemostatic factors, lipids and the smoking marker carboxyhaemoglobin were determined preoperatively and 6 weeks postoperatively in 80 patients undergoing infrainguinal vein bypass… (More)

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