ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Ten-year patency of functionally expanded polytetrafluoroethylene coronary graft detected in an urgent cardiac surgery
Bülent Uzunlar1, Ahmet Karabulut1, Zeki Doğan1, Batuhan Özay2
Department of Cardiology, İstanbul Medicine Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
1Departments of Cardiology, İstanbul Medicine Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
2Departments of Cardiovascular Surgery, İstanbul Medicine Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2014.9045
Functionally expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) grafts have not been preferred as a coronary conduit due to their low patency rates. In this article, we report a 69-year-old male case who was operated 10 years ago with an ePTFE coronary conduit. During percutaneous intervention of coronary conduit, perforation was observed and patient was operated immediately. Usage of ePTFE graft was confirmed during surgery. This case report produces an evidence for the long-term patency of ePTFE graft. It also shows a higher complication risk for percutaneous ePTFE grafts compared to the native autologous conduits.
Keywords : Coronary conduit; expanded polytetrafluoroethylene graft; patency rate
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