A technique to protect the left internal thoracic artery

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Abstract

The natural tendency of the harvested in-situ left internal thoracic artery is to assume a position near the anterior midline of the mediastinum, adjacent to the posterior sternal table. This repositioning of the left internal thoracic artery makes sternal reentry for redo myocardial revascularization (or other open cardiac procedures) hazardous. A technique of posterior and lateral repositioning of the mobilized in-situ left internal thoracic artery by creating a thymic flap and a pleuromediastinal groove is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1183-1185
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume63
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1997

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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