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The radial artery as a conduit for coronary artery bypass grafting: review of current knowledge [Anatol J Cardiol]
Anatol J Cardiol. 2006; 6(2): 153-162

The radial artery as a conduit for coronary artery bypass grafting: review of current knowledge

Petar S. Risteski1, Birkan Akbulut2, Anton Moritz1, Tayfun Aybek3
1Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Kütahya State Hospital, Kütahya,
3Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Medical Center, TOBB University, Ankara-Turkey

The effect of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) lasts as long as the grafts are patent. The internal mammary artery has been con- sidered the “golden” graft due to the superb long-term patency, exceeding 90% at 10 years. The saphenous vein grafts, unfortunately, tend to occlude with a rate of 10-15% within a year after surgery, and eventually, at 10 years after the operation, as much as 60-70% of these vein grafts are either occluded or have angiographic evidence of atherosclerosis. The search for another “arterial conduit”, the ra- dial artery, has intensified through the last 15 years in hope to provide a better graft than the saphenous vein for CABG. This article revi- ews the current knowledge for the radial artery as a conduit in CABG.

Keywords: Radial artery, conduit, coronary artery bypass graft surgery


Petar S. Risteski, Birkan Akbulut, Anton Moritz, Tayfun Aybek. The radial artery as a conduit for coronary artery bypass grafting: review of current knowledge. Anatol J Cardiol. 2006; 6(2): 153-162


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