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Intraoperative graft verification in coronary surgery: increased diagnostic accuracy adding high-resolution epicardial ultrasonography to transit-time flow measurement.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

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Source Name: Eur J Cardiothorac Surg


Di Giammarco G, Canosa C, Foschi M, Rabozzi R, Marinelli D, Masuyama S, Ibrahim BM, Ranalletta RA, Penco M, Di Mauro M
Di Giammarco and colleagues reported that intraoperative graft verification was significantly improved if a combination of transit-time flow measurement and epicardial echocardiography was used in comparison with transit-time flow measurement alone. The positive predictive value increased from 10% to almost 100% in an analysis of 678 grafts in 333 patients undergoing isolated CABG, reducing the rate of unnecessary graft revisions.

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