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In August of 1955 the Central Artery Bank of the Chicago Heart Association issued its first lyophilized human vascular segments for transplantation to patients. Under the direction of the cardiovascular surgery committee of the Chicago Heart Association this bank has supplied vascular segments to surgeons throughout the Chicago area for three and one-half years. It is the purpose of this report to review the operations of the Central Artery Bank from Aug. 1, 1955, to Dec. 31, 1958, and to present the results of the use of these grafts in patients.
Three hundred thirty-six homografts have been utilized in patients during this period. All of the vascular segments were obtained at autopsy under carefully controlled conditions. The arteries were sterilized chemically, lyophilized, and stored at room temperature in sealed glass tubes under a vacuum. The methods of obtaining and preparing arterial homografts have been well standardized, and it is not
Weinberg M, Fell EH, deTakats G, McElwaine N. USE OF HOMOGRAFTS DISPENSED BY CENTRAL ARTERY BANK OF CHICAGO HEART ASSOCIATION. JAMA. 1959;170(17):2132–2134. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.63010170028024
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