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Patching after endarterectomy, especially carotid artery surgery, is a common procedure to repair and close the surgical site. Both synthetic and natural materials can be used, but saphenous vein is preferred due to its greater long-term patency. In situations where it is not possible to use the...
Upon exposure to blood, rapid adsorption of proteins is the initial event at the contacting surface, followed by the adhesion of platelets and other blood components. Surfaces absorbing albumin appear to possess antithrombotic character in discouraging adhesion of platelets. Therefore, for the...
Fibrin sealants (FS) are the most successful tissue adhesives to date. They have many advantages over adhesive technologies such as cyanoacrylates and marine adhesives in terms of biocompatibility, biodegradation and hemostasis. There are several commercial products in Europe but none in the...
A needle guard attached to the barrel of a hypodermic syringe encloses and shields the needle against contamination prior to use and prevents inadvertent direct contact therewith by medical personnel after use. Development of an aperture at the end of the needle shield to accommodate protrusion...
Contact guidance induced by the topographical properties of the underlying substratum is of great importance in morphogenesis and also in- fluences the interaction of tissue cells with implanted material. A large body of evidence has accumulated since the first detection of this phenomenon in...
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