The risk of axillofemoral bypass grafting for acute vascular occlusion

Jon M. Agee, Irving L. Kron, Terry Flanagan, Curtis G. Tribble

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The hypothesis of the present study is that axillofemoral bypass grafting for acute vascular occlusion has results significantly inferior to an elective procedure. We reviewed 53 patients undergoing primary axillofemoral bypass grafting at the University of Virginia from 1984 to 1989. We found that patients who were admitted with acute vascular occlusion had a higher incidence of perioperative complications (63% vs 26%, p = 0.001), perioperative mortality (26% vs 3%, p < 0.05), lower graft patency at 1 year (60% vs 90%, p < 0.05), lower rate of freedom from reoperation in first year (50% vs 82%, p < 0.01), and lower rates of limb salvage (76% vs 94%, p < 0.05) than patients undergoing axillofemoral bypass grafting for chronic symptoms or conditions. These two groups did not differ in any of the other risk factors or perioperative characteristics examined. We conclude axillofemoral bypass grafting performed for indications other than acute vascular occlusion is associated with acceptable morbidity, mortality, graft patency, and limb salvage rates. (J VASC SURG 1991;14:190-4.)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-194
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of vascular surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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