Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2002; 50(3): 182-183
DOI: 10.1055/s-2002-32413
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Modified Pericardial Closure to Protect Internal Mammary Artery Grafts in Coronary Artery Bypass

J.-Y.  Li1 , Y.-S.  Chen2 , S.-J.  Wu1 , P.-Y.  Hu1
  • 1Departments of Surgery, Mackay Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
  • 2Departments of Surgery, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
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Publication Date:
21 June 2002 (online)


Redo operations after coronary artery bypass surgery have been on the rise, and myocardial and graft injury during resternotomy a catastrophe. Closure of pericardium after a traditional midline incision may lead to graft distortion. In this report, we will describe a technique of pericardial closure and thymus coverage to protect bilateral internal mammary artery grafts from damage.


Dr. Jiun-Yi Li

Department of Surgery, Mackay Memorial Hospital

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