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Reoperative coronary artery bypass via left thoracotomy

  • Hirofumi Ide
  • Tatsuo Fujiki
  • Ken-ji Nonaka
  • Ryoichi Ishida
  • Kentarou Imamura
  • Ken-ichi Sudo
Case Report

Abstract

The patient was a 49-year-old woman. When she was 39 years old, she underwent coronary artery bypass grafting (left internal thoracic artery to left anterior descending artery, saphenous vein graft to first diagonal branch). At the age 48, she had effort angina. On coronary angiography, triple-vessel disease was found, and she was treated conservatively. Progression of the disease was confirmed with detection of the left circumflex artery associated with jeopardized collateral to the right coronary artery showing total occlusion. The patient underwent reoperation. Since the left internal thoracic artery was patent despite occlusion of the sapheneous vein graft, the approach of left thoracotomy was employed. Under cardiopulmonary bypass with ventricular fibrillation and left vent through left atrial appendage, the right radial artery was anastomosed to the left circumflex artery from the descending thoracic aorta, and the right gastroepiploic artery was anastomosed to the right coronary artery (4AV branch). Patency of the bypass was confirmed postoperatively. We consider this operative technique was especially useful for reoperation in cases of a patent internal thoracic artery in which left thoracotomy can be conducted safely.

Key words

reoperation CABG left thoracotomy 

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© The Japanese Society of Thoracic and Cadiovascular Surgery 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hirofumi Ide
    • 1
  • Tatsuo Fujiki
    • 1
  • Ken-ji Nonaka
    • 1
  • Ryoichi Ishida
    • 1
  • Kentarou Imamura
    • 1
  • Ken-ichi Sudo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cardiovascular SurgeryKyorin Medical SchoolTokyoJapan

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