[CABG using Y arterial graft which consists of internal thoracic artery Y branched with inferior epigastric artery].Kyobu Geka. 1995 Nov; 48(12):1030-3.KG
From December 1994 to April 1995, nine patients were submitted to myocardial revascularization using Y arterial graft, which consists of internal thoracic artery (ITA) Y branched with inferior epigastric artery (IEA). The age ranged 50 to 76 (mean age, 67.2 years); seven patients were male. Five patients had three vessel CABG and four patients had four vessel CABG. There was no operative mortality and no mechanical supports with IABP. Aortic clamping and operative time was not longer in this series. Early postoperative angiographic evaluation of Y arterial grafts showed that nine ITA grafts were patent (100%) and seven IEA grafts were patent (77.8%). Because of the low patency rate of IEA graft, Y graft using IEA appears to be an interesting alternative only in patients who have no other available conduits.