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Endoscopic versus open radial artery harvesting for coronary artery bypass grafting.
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PMID:  21568782     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract Background and aim of the study. The radial artery has become the artery of choice after both internal thoracic arteries for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). This study compares wound healing and arm complications after endoscopic versus open radial artery harvesting. Methods. From January 2002 to July 2004, 509 patients underwent CABG including a radial artery conduit. Thirty-nine had endoscopic and 470 conventional open radial artery harvesting. A propensity score was used to obtain 1:3 matching of all endoscopic to 117 open-harvesting patients. Postoperative wound healing, local neurologic deficits, wound infection, and pain scores were compared. Results. Wound healing: 34 of 39 endoscopic wounds exhibited a perfect Hollander score versus 339 of 470 open-harvest wounds (p = 0.01). Wound appearance was better for endoscopic harvesting (p = 0.004). Three incomplete neurologic deficits were observed after open harvesting versus one complete neurologic deficit after endoscopic harvesting that recovered prior to hospital discharge. Incidence of wound infection was similar in both groups (p = 0.7), although infection was more severe with open harvesting. Pain score was lower (p = 0.006) with endoscopic harvesting. Conclusions. Endoscopic radial artery harvesting was associated with better wound appearance and less pain. Occurrence of neurologic deficits and wound infection was infrequent in both groups.
Jose L Navia; Nicolas Brozzi; Jorge Chiu; Eugene H Blackstone; Gregory L Hanson; Sharif Al-Ruzzeh; Bruce W Lytle
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-5-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian cardiovascular journal : SCJ     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1651-2006     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 May 
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Created Date:  2011-5-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9708377     Medline TA:  Scand Cardiovasc J     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
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