Author(s): Sauvage LR, Berger K, Beilin LB, Smith JC, Wood SJ,
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Abstract An axillary-bilateral common femoral graft of knitted Dacron with an external velour surface was examined within one hour after the patient's death from non-graft-related causes. The prothesis, implanted for 20 months, was patent and was completely healed over 32\% of the flow surface--that is, full wall fibrous tissue encapsulation of the graft had occurred, and 32\% of the flow surface was endothelialized. The remaining flow surface was formed of fibrin, but fibrous tissue healing had reached the inner surface of the graft material, and the fibrin overlay was very thin. The healed protions of the graft included not only the areas adjacent to the anastomoses, but were scattered throughout the 45 cm length of the prosthesis. To our knowledge, this is the first report of complete healing (fibrous tissue encapsulation and endothelialization) documented at points beyond the plannus ingrowth at the prosthesis-artery anastomosis.
This article was published in Ann Surg
and referenced in Journal of Tissue Science & Engineering