Reduction of thrombogenicity in small-diameter vascular prostheses seeded with autologous endothelial cells.

Abstract

In a canine model small-diameter vascular grafts of knitted Dacron were seeded with autologous endothelial cells. Four weeks after surgery the grafts were removed. Seeded grafts showed a pseudo-intima covered by a monolayer, whereas control grafts showed a cellular lining only at the anastomoses. Graft pretreatment with either fibrin glue or autologous blood in combination with endothelial cell seeding promoted the neointima formation.

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