Extra-anatomical bypass of iliac vein obstruction: use of a synthetic (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene [Goretex]) graft

Arch Surg. 1980 Jun;115(6):767-9. doi: 10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380060065019.


A long synthetic graft polytetrafluoroethylene was used to provide an extra-anatomic bypass of an iliac vein obstruction secondary to recurrent thrombophlebitis. The graft has remained patent during the 12-month period of observation. A distal, previously placed arteriovenous fistula in this circumstance was important.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Blood Vessel Prosthesis / methods*
  • Humans
  • Iliac Vein*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene*
  • Thrombosis / surgery*


  • Polytetrafluoroethylene