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April 1955

Observations on the Growth of Aortic Anastomoses in Puppies: III. Use of Absorbable Gelatin Sponge (Gelfoam) in Relation to Growth

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Surgical Research Laboratory, the Montefiore Hospital.

AMA Arch Surg. 1955;70(4):491-496. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1955.01270100017004

Absorbable gelatin sponge (Gelfoam) has gained wide acceptance as an "absorbable hemostatic packing" in a large number of situations involving vascular suture lines and the control of bleeding in various parts of the body. Evidence has been presented previously indicating that the absorbability of this substance may vary depending on the individual circumstances attending its use. The organization of absorbable gelatin sponge wrapped around fabricated autogenous arterial grafts placed in the aorta results in the formation of a dense fibrous sheath surrounding and supporting the transplant.1 Such a development, while beneficial in many situations, would constitute a distinct disadvantage in terms of a vascular anastomosis in a young subject, where an increasing diameter at the suture line commensurate with the growth of the individual might be of real importance. The present study was designed to determine whether or not absorbable gelatin sponge interferes with the growth of aortic anastomoses

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