Saphenous vein biopsy: a predictor of vein graft failure.

  title={Saphenous vein biopsy: a predictor of vein graft failure.},
  author={Michael L. Marin and Frank Junior Veith and Thomas F. Panetta and Ronald E. Gordon and Karin Wengerter and William D. Suggs and Luis A. S{\'a}nchez and Michael K. Parides},
  journal={Journal of vascular surgery},
  volume={18 3},
  pages={407-14; discussion 414-5}
PURPOSE To determine why some vein grafts fail, we prospectively studied the relationship between the histologic condition of the greater saphenous vein (GSV) at the time of grafting and subsequent stenosis of the vein graft. METHODS Ninety-four remnant segments of GSVs were obtained at the time of infrainguinal bypass in 91 patients and were perfusion fixed before histologic and ultrastructural examination. All bypass grafts were evaluated clinically and by duplex ultrasonography at regular… CONTINUE READING
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