Aim: To compare the effect of perioperative dextran and low molecular weight heparin on early graft patency after femorodistal bypass surgery. Design: Prospective randomised multicentre study. Patients and methods: Three hundred and fourteen patients were randomised to dextran 70 or the low molecular weight heparin enoxaparin during and after femorodistal bypass surgery. Patency was evaluated at days 1, 5-7, 30 and 90. Results: There was no difference in patency at any time point between the two regimens, the crude 90 days patency being 88 and 83%, respectively. There were significantly more patients with heart failure in the dextran group (12.8 vs. 0.7%), with other side effects being equally distributed. Conclusion: Dextran 70 and the low molecular weight heparin enoxaparin have the same effect on 90 days femorodistal graft patency, but care must be taken using the dextran to patients with a potential heart insufficiency.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Swedish Medical Research Council 00759, grant from Rhône-Poulenc Rorer (now Aventis) to Swedvasc.
- Femorodistal bypass occlusion
- Low molecular weight heparin