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June 1979

The Expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene Graft: Three Years' Experience With 362 Grafts

Arch Surg. 1979;114(6):673-677. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1979.01370300027003

• A total of 362 polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) grafts were implanted in patients as vascular substitutes in a variety of vascular reconstructive procedures. A total of 184 were used in femoropopliteal bypass operations. Cumulative patency rates showed 74% patency at the end of the first year of observation and 58% after two and three years. Seventeen grafts were used for femorotibial bypasses, with a cumulative patency rate of 40.4% after one year. Ninety-eight grafts were implanted in the upper or lower extremity to serve as vascular access for hemodialysis. For this group, the cumulative one-year patency rate was 83%. Sixty-three additional grafts were implanted in various other anatomic locations. Based on this experience, the PTFE graft seems to be a promising and versatile vascular prosthesis, although it should be used cautiously.

(Arch Surg 114:673-677, 1979)