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Vol 14, No 2 (2008)
Review papers
Published online: 2008-04-30
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Use of the radial artery in cardiac surgery

Maciej Rachwalik, Anna Rachwalik, Wojciech Kus
Acta Angiologica 2008;14(2):33-41.

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Vol 14, No 2 (2008)
Review papers
Published online: 2008-04-30

Abstract

The potential advantages of arterial conduits compared with venous graft in coronary operations resulted in their increased use, with the aim of achieving complete myocardial revascularization. The biological characteristics of the vascular wall account for the better patency observed in arterial conduits compared with the patency of the saphenous vein. We briefly present a historical note regarding the radial artery (RA): the surgical anatomy of the vessel, as well as the histology, indications, contraindications and results regarding the use of the radial artery. Antispasm prophylaxis and donor site complications of RA harvest and forearm function after RA harvest are presented.

Abstract

The potential advantages of arterial conduits compared with venous graft in coronary operations resulted in their increased use, with the aim of achieving complete myocardial revascularization. The biological characteristics of the vascular wall account for the better patency observed in arterial conduits compared with the patency of the saphenous vein. We briefly present a historical note regarding the radial artery (RA): the surgical anatomy of the vessel, as well as the histology, indications, contraindications and results regarding the use of the radial artery. Antispasm prophylaxis and donor site complications of RA harvest and forearm function after RA harvest are presented.
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Keywords

radial artery; coronary surgery; coronary anastomosis; harvesting of the conduit

About this article
Title

Use of the radial artery in cardiac surgery

Journal

Acta Angiologica

Issue

Vol 14, No 2 (2008)

Pages

33-41

Published online

2008-04-30

Bibliographic record

Acta Angiologica 2008;14(2):33-41.

Keywords

radial artery
coronary surgery
coronary anastomosis
harvesting of the conduit

Authors

Maciej Rachwalik
Anna Rachwalik
Wojciech Kus

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