Blood supply of the sternum and its importance in internal thoracic artery harvesting.

@article{Berdajs2006BloodSO,
  title={Blood supply of the sternum and its importance in internal thoracic artery harvesting.},
  author={Denis A. Berdajs and Gregor Z{\"u}nd and Marko Ivan Turina and Michele Genoni},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2006},
  volume={81 6},
  pages={2155-9}
}
BACKGROUND The internal thoracic artery (ITA) is the conduit of choice in coronary bypass grafting, due to the excellent long-term results achieved using it. However, increased incidence of sternal infections after pedicled ITA harvesting has revived interest in the morphology of sternal blood supply. Our aim was to discuss the topography of the sternal branches with emphasis on internal thoracic artery harvesting. METHODS This study was conducted on 50 fresh specimens of the anterior thorax… CONTINUE READING

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