Early Experience with Bilateral Internal Mammary Artery Grafting

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Ghufranullah Khan
Sulaiman B Hassan

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We carried out first bilateral internal mammary artery grafting in March 93 and ever since the number of patients receiving bilateral internal mammary artery grafts has constantly grown. This study is a review of first 10 patients who were operated between March 93 to August 95. Age ranged froom 35 - 47 and the median age was 45  diabetes were excluded. All the operations were elective in nature. All patients received additional saphenous vein grafts. 3 patients had sequential LIMA grafts constructed between diagonal and LAD. There was no mortality and 8 patients made uneventful recovery. One patients developed perioperative MI and required balloon pump support, and two required reopening . None of the patients requried inotropic support. No sternal wound problems occured. In conclusion bilateral internal mammary artery grafting does not increase surgical risk and wound infection is not a problem if diabetics are excluded.

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Khan G, Hassan SB. Early Experience with Bilateral Internal Mammary Artery Grafting. J Postgrad Med Inst [Internet]. 2011 Sep. 6 [cited 2024 Jul. 24];11(2). Available from: https://jpmi.org.pk/index.php/jpmi/article/view/586
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