ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
An unexpected late complication after harvesting of the radial artery: a case report
Vedat Nisanoğlu, Nevzat Erdil, Mustafa Aldemir, Hasan Berat Cihan, Bektaş Battaloğlu
İnönü Üniversitesi Turgut Özal Tıp Merkezi, Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, Malatya
Radial artery is now used widely as a graft for coronary artery bypass grafting due to better long-term patency rates compared to vein grafts. Arm complications after radial artery procurement are very low. Most of these complications are minor and occur early, their diagnosis and treatment is not difficult. A 66-year-old patient underwent coronary artery bypass surgery for triple vessel disease using bilateral radial arteries. Two months after discharge, he presented with painless swelling in both arms proximal to radial artery incisions. The masses in both arms were opened with local anesthesia, hematoma was removed, but no active bleeding was detected. Drains were placed in both lodges and both arms were bandaged.
Keywords : Coronary artery bypass; postoperative complications; radial artery
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