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Early outcome and graft patency in mammary artery grafting of left anterior descending artery with sternotomy or anterior minithoracotomy.
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PMID:  10921686     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The main objective of this study was to retrospectively compare early outcome and graft patency in patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting with the internal thoracic artery to the left anterior descending artery via an anterior minithoracotomy or median sternotomy and without the use of extracorporeal circulation. METHODS: One hundred thirty consecutive patients were studied. Median sternotomy was performed in 77 patients and anterior minithoracotomy in 53 patients. RESULTS: There were no differences in early clinical data or persistent postoperative pain between the groups. Early graft patency was 88% in the thoracotomy group and 96% in the sternotomy group (p = 0.3). Five of 7 patients who presented with a significant stenosis at the first coronary angiography had a normal angiogram at the reangiography. None of the patients with nonsignificant stenosis at the early coronary angiography had any clinical signs of ischemia or chest pain. CONCLUSIONS: In our experience, anterior minithoracotomy and median sternotomy are different and distinguishable regarding early outcome and early graft patency. Most of the stenoses visualized at the early coronary angiography had vanished at a later coronary angiography, which makes the interpretation of the angiogram hazardous as a tool for the decision for redo procedure in the early postoperative period.
L Wiklund; M Johansson; M Bugge; L O Rådberg; G Brandup-Wognsen; E Berglin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of thoracic surgery     Volume:  70     ISSN:  0003-4975     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Thorac. Surg.     Publication Date:  2000 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-08-22     Completed Date:  2000-08-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15030100R     Medline TA:  Ann Thorac Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  79-83     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Coronary Artery Bypass / methods*
Coronary Disease / surgery*
Follow-Up Studies
Middle Aged
Postoperative Complications / epidemiology
Retrospective Studies
Sternum / surgery
Thoracotomy / methods*
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome
Vascular Patency

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