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Left internal mammary graft stenosis and restenosis following angioplasty and stenting
  1. C G C Spencer,
  2. G Y H Lip
  1. University Department of Medicine, City Hospital, Birmingham B18 7QH, UK
  1. Dr LipG.Y.H.LIP{at}


Coronary bypass grafts using the internal mammary artery usually have an excellent record of success and long term patency. We report a 42 year old man who initially presented with a history of atypical left sided chest pain, who had coronary artery bypass surgery for a severe stenosis in his proximal left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) and moderate stenosis of his proximal circumflex artery, with his LIMA being grafted to his mid-LAD and a saphenous venous graft to the proximal LAD. He subsequently developed multiple stenoses in the LIMA graft which required coronary augioplasty and stenting, on more than one occasion, in view of very rapid restenosis within the LIMA graft.

  • graft patency
  • left internal mammary artery grafts
  • restenosis
  • stenosis

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