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Mine Y.,Okayama University of Science | Mitsui H.,Okayama University of Science | Oshima Y.,Shin Tokyo Hospital Matsudo | Noishiki Y.,Yokohama City University | And 2 more authors.
Acta Medica Okayama

Our meticulous investigation of ePTFE graft breakage when a wire placed at the edge of an ePTFE graft was pulled, revealed that, depending on the breakage pattern, a break starts much earlier than the peak suture retention strength, which is the current international indicator for anastomotic-site break strength. Furthermore, the breakage patterns differ based on the thickness of the wire and the fiber direction of the ePTFE graft. Based on these findings, we advocate measuring the peak suture retention strength using 0.10-mm sutures and a standardized wire thickness in order to assess the anas-tomotic retention strength of ePTFE grafts. © 2010 by Okayama University Medical School. Source

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