Published in Medicine and Law Weekly, August 25th, 2006
According to a study from Japan, "In multiple bypass surgery, when the ascending aorta cannot be used as an inflow, it is sometimes necessary to use an abdominal artery. This technique is useful when a remedian sternotomy might damage a patent graft in patients undergoing reoperations or when the gastroepiploic artery is unsuitable for use as a graft."
K. Takahashi and colleagues, Aomori Municipal Hospital, explained, "The subjects were 17 patients in whom an abdominal artery was used as an inflow. In these 17 patients, 9 underwent surgery for the first...
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