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The second-generation aortic connector: six months' angiographic follow-up



The second-generation aortic connector: six months' angiographic follow-up



Annals of Thoracic Surgery 80(2): 695-699



Recently, new mechanical anastomotic devices have been developed. Initial results appear to be equivalent to those obtained with suture. The aim of the study was to evaluate the 6-month angiographic patency and clinical results with the St. Jude Medical second-generation aortic connector for proximal aortosaphenous graft anastomosis. From September 2002 to June 2003, 45 connectors were implanted in 39 patients. Thirty-three patients with 36 connectors underwent 6-month angiographic and clinical follow-up. One connector had an early occlusion and 2 connectors and 1 vein graft were occluded at 6-month angiography, for a patency rate of 88.9% (32 of 36). No device-related complications were detected at 6-month follow-up. The second-generation aortic connector is safe and easy to use. Preliminary results show no device-related complications and a satisfactory 6-month angiographic patency.

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PMID: 16039230

DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2004.08.060


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