PMID: 2801113Jul 1, 1989

Histopathological study of aorto-coronary bypass grafts with special reference to fibrin deposits on grafted saphenous veins

Acta Pathologica Japonica
C YutaniH Ishibashi-Ueda


A histopathological study was performed on 36 patients (60 grafts) who had undergone aorto-coronary bypass graft (ACBG) surgery 0 to 99 months prior to death. The following pathologic changes were found: 1) The thickness of diffuse intimal proliferation in the ACBG progressed with time from graft surgery to death. 2) The media became atrophic and the adventitia was increased slightly in thickness. 3) Fibrin deposits were found in 20 patients on/in the intimal thickenings of the vein graft walls and 7 patients showed incorporated fibrin in the thickened intima even one month after surgery. 4) Atherosclerosis, identified as intimal foam cell accumulation or frank plaques, was seen in only 3 patients 4 years after surgery. Fibrointimal proliferation occurred with relatively greater frequency in patients with fibrin deposits (P less than 0.001). Although it is well known that mural thrombi in vein grafts manifest fibrointimal proliferation, our results suggest that fibrin deposits might be responsible for intimal thickening even one month after graft surgery.


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