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July 12, 1976

Arterial Prostheses

Author Affiliations

Massachusetts General Hospital Boston

JAMA. 1976;236(2):141. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270020015012

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To the Editor.—  In his editorial (235:848, 1976), Dr Hussey called attention to our experience with the USCI ultralightweight knitted Dacron arterial prosthesis (Arch Surg 111:146-149,1976). I agree with his general comments concerning the safety and effectiveness of synthetic implanted devices. The unavailability of follow-up studies of the reliability of arterial substitutes is particularly distressing. It should be emphasized, however, that we reported our experience with only one of the numerous prostheses currently available. Though our observations may have general implications, they do not apply specifically to other prostheses, even other ultralightweight knitted Dacron grafts. Some of these newer prostheses will probably prove superior to their heavier predecessors, and it would be incorrect to apply our experience to any other than the single graft we identified.