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Reflex sympathetic dystrophy: an unusual complication of radial artery graft harvesting.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11803327     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Radial artery autograft is re-establishing its place as a conduit of choice in coronary artery revascularization. Its revival after initial abandonment followed the recent emergence of encouraging medium- to long-term patency rates. Limb complications following radial artery harvesting are fortunately rare although those involving vascular supply to the hand and wound rank among the most commonly reported problems. On the other hand, reflex sympathetic dystrophy in the donor limb leading to significant disability, as illustrated in this case report, has so far not been recognized. With increasing popularity of radial artery grafts in coronary surgery, such an important complication, though uncommon, may assume greater importance. Early recognition and prompt referral for appropriate treatment are essential to minimize the impact of reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
A Tang; S Ohri
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of cardiovascular surgery     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0021-9509     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino)     Publication Date:  2002 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-01-22     Completed Date:  2002-05-03     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0066127     Medline TA:  J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino)     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  49-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiac Surgery, Wessex Regional Cardiac and Thoracic Unit, Southampton, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Coronary Artery Disease / surgery*
Middle Aged
Postoperative Complications*
Radial Artery / transplantation*
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy / diagnosis,  etiology*,  therapy
Tissue and Organ Harvesting / adverse effects*

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