Microvascular grafts: effect of diameter discrepancy on patency rates.

This study examined the effects of diameter discrepancy between interpositional vein grafts within a range of 0.25 to 2 mm. One hundred rats underwent isolation of a 10 mm segment of the femoral artery, from which a 4 mm segment was removed. Venous grafts measuring 8 +/- 2 mm were interposed. The rats were categorized by their graft to artery diameter… (More)