Strategies to reduce intraluminal clot formation in endoscopically harvested saphenous veins.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE Residual clot strands within the excised saphenous vein are an increasingly recognized sequela of endoscopic vein harvest. We hypothesized that endoscopic visualization facilitated by sealed carbon dioxide insufflation causes stagnation of blood within the saphenous vein. In the absence of prior heparin administration, this stasis provokes clot… (More)

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