Journal article

Long-Term Patency of 1108 Radial Arterial-Coronary Angiograms Over 10 Years

James Tatoulis, Brian F Buxton, John A Fuller, Manish Meswani, Sanjay Theodore, Nikunj Powar, Rochelle Wynne

ANNALS OF THORACIC SURGERY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: To avoid late vein graft atheroma and failure, we have used arterial grafts extensively in coronary operations. The radial artery (RA) is the conduit of second choice. This study determined the long-term patency of the RA as a coronary graft. METHODS: Two independent observers evaluated 1108 consecutive postoperative RA conduit angiograms performed between January 1997 and June 2007 for cardiac symptoms. Mean time to postoperative angiography was 48.3 months (range, 1 to 132 months). An RA graft was considered failed (nonpatent) if there was stenosis exceeding 60%, string sign, or occlusion. Patency was determined over time, by coronary territory grafted and by the degree of nati..

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