February 1981

Intimal Breakdown Causing Failure of Human Umbilical Vein Graft

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Presbyterian Medical Center, Denver.

Arch Surg. 1981;116(2):230-231. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380140076018

• Early graft failure secondary to intimal breakdown with subsequent hemorrhage into and dissection of the wall of a modified human umbilical cord vein allograft occurred. Early recognition and immediate graft replacement will undoubtedly minimize further morbidity to the patient. To our knowledge, this is the first case of early graft failure from this cause described in the literature.

(Arch Surg 116:230-231, 1981)