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Radial artery versus saphenous vein conduits for coronary artery bypass surgery: forty years of competition - which conduit offers better patency? A systematic review and meta-analysis.
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PMID:  21167726     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The internal thoracic artery is the most effective conduit for coronary artery bypass surgery; however, most patients have multivessel disease and require additional saphenous vein or radial artery grafts. In this systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis, we aim to compare reported patency rates for these conduits and explore if differences are homogeneous across follow-up intervals. A literature search was performed using Embase, Medline, Cochrane Library, Google Scholar and randomised controlled trial databases to identify studies published between 1965 and October 2009. All studies reporting angiographic comparison of saphenous vein and radial artery conduit patency were included, irrespective of language. The end point was angiographic graft patency stratified over different follow-up intervals. Meta-analysis was performed according to recommendations from the Cochrane Collaboration and Meta-analysis Of Observational Studies in Epidemiology guidelines. We used a random-effect model and the odds ratio as the summary statistic. A total of 35 studies were identified. They reported early patency (≤1 year, 6795 grafts), medium-term patency (1-5 years, 3232 grafts) and long-term patency (>5 years, 1157 grafts). Significant variation of comparative patency existed across different follow-up intervals. Early saphenous vein patency was similar to radial artery patency with odds ratio of 1.04 (95% confidence interval 0.68-1.61). Medium-term saphenous vein patency, however, deteriorated significantly (odds ratio 2.06, 95% confidence interval 1.29-3.29). Similarly, long-term patency was better for radial artery conduits (odds ratio 2.28, 95% confidence interval 1.32-3.94). Heterogeneity was due to angiographic patency characteristics and related to risk of bias. In conclusion, the findings of this systematic review of the published literature and meta-analysis support the use of radial artery in preference to saphenous vein conduits for coronary artery bypass surgery.
Thanos Athanasiou; Srdjan Saso; Christopher Rao; Joshua Vecht; Julia Grapsa; Joel Dunning; Massimo Lemma; Roberto Casula
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2010-12-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-734X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
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Created Date:  2010-12-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8804069     Medline TA:  Eur J Cardiothorac Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2010 European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Department of Biosurgery and Surgical Technology, Imperial College London, 10th Floor QEQM Building, Praed Street, St Mary's Hospital, London W2 1NY, UK; Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, Hammersmith Hospital, Du Cane Road, London W12 0HS, UK.
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