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Novel synthetic selectively degradable vascular prostheses: a preliminary implantation study.
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PMID:  11162039     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Vascular grafts perform less well than autologous arterial or vein grafts. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the short-term performance of selectively biodegradable filament-wound vascular prostheses, comprising elastomeric poly(ether urethane) (Lycra) scaffolds and flexible, hydrophilic biodegradable coatings. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two types of selectively biodegradable vascular grafts were manufactured, comprising a filament-wound Lycra scaffold, subsequently coated with a biodegradable poly(ethylene glycol)/poly(lactic acid) (PELA) block copolymer. The two types of grafts differed in both the overall porosity of the scaffold and the hydrophilicity of the biodegradable constituent. A 60-mm-long and 6-mm-diameter filament-wound and polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) grafts were implanted as interposition prostheses, randomly, at the right- and left-side carotid arteries. RESULTS: Implantation studies proved the grafts to be patent and pulsatile for periods of up to 3 months. Increasing the scaffold porosity and enhancing the hydrophilicity of the biodegradable component improved both the transmural tissue ingrowth process and the vascularization of the prosthesis wall. Also, a well-adhered peripheral tissue and a thin, uniform intima and endothelial lining were obtained. All ePTFE graft controls, although patent, were rather stiff and nonpulsatile. A thick pseudointima, poorly attached to the prosthesis inner surface, was observed. The compliance of the wet grafts was significantly higher than in the dry state, stemming mainly from the water-plasticizing effect on the biodegradable component. The grafts explanted after a period of 6 weeks exhibited compliance only slightly lower than that of the wet grafts. After 12 weeks, however, the hoop compliance was 20% lower than that prior to implantation. At 100 mm Hg, for example, the original compliance of the wet graft was 2.5%/100 mm Hg decreasing to 2.0%/100 mm Hg after a 3-month implantation. The compliance reduction with implantation is attributed to the ingrowth of the perigraft tissue as revealed by the histological study. A compliance of 2.0%/100 mm Hg is slightly better than that of a standard PTFE graft with an original compliance of 1.6%/100 mm Hg. Yet it is still an order of magnitude smaller than that of a canine carotid artery. CONCLUSIONS: The improved mechanical properties and enhanced healing of the highly porous filament-wound Lycra scaffold graft coated with hydrophilic biodegradable PELA has the potential of being a highly effective small caliber prosthetic graft.
U Izhar; H Schwalb; J B Borman; G R Hellener; A Hotoveli-Salomon; G Marom; T Stern; D Cohn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of surgical research     Volume:  95     ISSN:  0022-4804     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Surg. Res.     Publication Date:  2001 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-02-22     Completed Date:  2001-03-22     Revised Date:  2003-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376340     Medline TA:  J Surg Res     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  152-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2000 Academic Press.
Joseph Lunenfeld Cardiac Surgery Research Center, Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Absorbable Implants*
Blood Vessel Prosthesis*
Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation*
Carotid Artery, Common
Cell Adhesion
Endothelium, Vascular / cytology,  physiology
Lactates* / pharmacokinetics
Models, Animal
Polyethylene Glycols* / pharmacokinetics
Polymers* / pharmacokinetics
Polytetrafluoroethylene* / pharmacokinetics
Time Factors
Tunica Intima / cytology,  physiology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Lactates; 0/Polyethylene Glycols; 0/Polymers; 0/Polyurethanes; 113717-54-7/polyethylene oxide-polylactic acid block copolymer; 9002-84-0/Polytetrafluoroethylene

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