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February 1981

Polytetrafluoroethylene for Microarterial Prosthetic Grafts

Author Affiliations

St Louis
From the Division of Neurological Surgery, Department of Surgery, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Ill, and Hines (Ill) Veterans Administration Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1981;116(2):211-216. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380140057013

• Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) grafts can successfully be used as a microvascular prosthetic grafting material in rats with patency results of 90%. There was not a significant difference between patency percentages obtained with the PTFE grafts in comparison with autologous vein grafts. Excellent patency was achieved at 40 days for all of the interposition grafts in this study. Aspirin and dipyridamole did not improve patency.

(Arch Surg 116:211-216, 1981)