Three-layered synthetic pericardial substitutes reduce postoperative pericardial adhesions

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Background The development of postoperative pericardial adhesions increases the risk of cardiac reoperations. The purpose of this study was to test a new pericardial substitute (UBE sheet; UBE Industries, Ltd, Tokyo, Japan) that consists of 3 layers, namely, a middle layer of polyester inserted between 2 layers of silicone-urethane copolymer. Methods Before implantation into the animals, platelet adhesion to the UBE sheet was evaluated in vitro. In the canine model, the UBE sheet (group I; n = 6) was implanted for 3 months. The development of adhesions, epicardial reactions, the shrink ratio of the patch, and macrophage infiltration to the epicardium with histologic examination were evaluated. As a control, an expanded polytetrafluoroethylene sheet (group II; n = 5) was implanted in the same manner. Results Scanning electron microscopy of the platelets adhered to the sheet showed that the UBE sheet was superior in biocompatibility compared with the expanded polytetrafluoroethylene sheet. In the canine study, group I showed fewer adhesions than group II (median [25th percentile, 75th percentile]: 0.0 [0.0, 0.0] vs 1.0 [1.0, 2.3]; P = .003; Mann-Whitney U test), fewer epicardial reactions (1.75 [1.0, 3.0] vs 3.0 [3.0, 3.0]; P = .034), and a smaller shrink ratio (8.0% [5.5%, 12.4%] vs 31.7% [30.0%, 44.8%]; P = .006). Immunohistologic studies showed fewer macrophage infiltrations (86 [56.8, 139.3] vs 201 [161.0, 276.5] in 3 fields; P = .045) into the epicardium of group I. Conclusions The new 3-layered pericardial substitute clearly reduced adhesion formation. We concluded that this sheet may cause fewer adhesions and a less severe inflammatory reaction after cardiac surgery, thereby facilitating safe adhesiolysis reoperation. Copyright © 2005 by The American Association for Thoracic Surgery.




Kajihara, N., Eto, M., Oishi, Y., Boku, N., Kuwahara, K., Nishiguchi, N., … Morita, S. (2005). Three-layered synthetic pericardial substitutes reduce postoperative pericardial adhesions. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 129(1), 18–24.

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