Use of autologous spiral vein grafts for vascular reconstructions in contaminated fields

Richard J. Fowl, Kevin D. Martin, Harry C. Sax, Richard F. Kempczinski

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Abstract

Vascular reconstructions in heavily contaminated fields can be particularly challenging. Prosthetic grafts are rarely suitable because of the risk of infection, but the saphenous vein is usually too small for isodiametric replacement of large arteries and veins. Although surgeons rarely consider the use of spiral vein grafts, they may occasionally be the ideal autogenous vascular replacement because they can be tailored to fit a vessel of any size. We report the use of spiral vein grafts in three patients requiring vascular reconstructions in the presence of heavy bacterial contamination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)442-446
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of vascular surgery
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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