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November 1961

Late Results of Arterial Grafts Preserved in Alcohol: Report of Successfully Treated Recurrent Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Perforated into the Duodenum Seven Years After Grafting with a Homograft Preserved in Alcohol

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Tokyo University School of Medicine.

Arch Surg. 1961;83(5):734-740. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1961.01300170090017

Previously, we reported satisfactory results obtained from experimental and clinical studies on the alcohol-preserved arterial homo- and heterograft in this monthly in October 1954.1-4 However, a case of a man who had a rupture because of deterioration of an alcohol-preserved heterograft (horse) 9 months after its transplantation had been performed, and, furthermore, our experimental studies on the transplantation of the thoracic aorta of dogs revealed that alcohol-preserved homo- and heterografts gave less satisfactory results than did synthetic arterial grafts.5

Consequently, our efforts have been made on the studies on synthetic arterial grafts which have been routinely used clinically since 1956.6 Up to the present time, about 60 transplantations with synthetic grafts have been performed with satisfactory results.

Recently, aortography was performed on 2 patients who had been clinically well after transplantation of alcohol-preserved homo-and heterografts (sheep) because of abdominal aortic aneurysms which were performed 7 years and