Polytetrafluoroethylene versus autogenous vein ...

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Title Polytetrafluoroethylene versus autogenous vein grafts for vascular reconstruction in contaminated wounds
Author(s) K. S. Stone, R. Walshaw, G. T. Sugiyama, R. E. Dean, R. W. Dunstan
Journal American Journal of Surgery
Date 1984
Volume 147
Issue 5
Start page 692
End page 695
Abstract A high incidence of dissolution and disruption of infected autogenous vein grafts has been demonstrated. PTFE, on the other hand, has been shown to maintain its structural integrity in the presence of well-entrenched infection, with a relatively small incidence of anastomotic disruption related to host artery necrosis. In addition, PTFE performed as well as autogenous vein when antibiotics were administered. Therefore, PTFE graft material is advocated for controlled clinical trials in patients with contaminated vascular injuries.

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