On Pump Evaluation of the Anastomotic Patency of In Situ Arterial Grafts

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Abstract

We describe a variation of the standard intraoperative transit time flow evaluation that allows the assessment of the anastomotic patency of in situ arterial grafts before the release of the aortic cross clamp. The advantages of this technique are the immediate correction of technical imperfections and the evaluation of native competitive flow situations that may compromise long-term patency. doi: 10.1111/jocs.12315(J Card Surg 2014;29:487–489)

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