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April 5, 1971

Reconstruction of the Left Anterior Descending Coronary Artery: Proximal Vein Bypass Graft and Distal Gas Endarterectomy

Author Affiliations

From the departments of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, Baylor University Medical Center; and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas.

JAMA. 1971;216(1):141-143. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03180270103024

A combination of proximal vein bypass graft and distal (CO2) gas endarterectomy for revascularizing a diffusely and totally obstructed left anterior descending coronary artery was successfully performed in five patients. This technical improvement provides immediate blood flow in an artery not previously considered amenable to surgical reconstruction.