A vascular tube for intercostal artery reimplantation

Masashi Toyama, Akihiko Usui, Toshiaki Akita, Yuichi Ueda

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Paraplegia and paraparesis are major concerns in descending and thoracoabdominal aortic repair. A shorter period of spinal cord ischemia is preferred for protection. We have developed a new technique in which plural intercostal arteries are reattached in a short time. The lower descending aorta is tailored using automatic sutures, and a vascular tube is made with diameter about 2.0 cm. Blood supply of intercostal arteries including the Adamkiewicz artery is resumed by perfusing the vascular tube in not more than 20 min. This technique has been applied in four patients, and there was neither paraplegia nor paraparesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-415
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 03-2006
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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