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April 21, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(16):1403-1404. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960510029008

SEAMLESS SYNTHETIC ARTERIAL GRAFTS  PRELIMINARY REPORT ON EXPERIMENTAL AND CLINICAL EXPERIENCESPaul W. Sanger, M.D. Frederick H. Taylor, M.D. Robert E. McCall, M.D. Ronald Duchesne, M.D. and Gilles Lepage, M.D., Charlotte, N. C.Since the first surgical repair by the grafting of arteries for occlusions, injuries, or aneurysms, the search for the perfect substitute has continued. Particular credit in this field goes to the pioneer work of Gross,1 De Bakey,2 and Hufnagel.3 The maintenance of arterial banks is impossible in many situations. For that reason, we have turned to synthetic materials that are cheap, require no care, and can be made available to surgeons anywhere.We should like to discuss our experiences with knitted Orlon and woven nylon, since we have found that these materials meet certain strict criteria: 1. They withstand sterilization in steam autoclaves without loss of properties. 2. These fibers are closely constructed to

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