Two New York surgeons reported apparently conflicting results from experience with methyl cyanoacrylate (EK 910), a tissue adhesive used to perform nonsuture anastomoses of small blood vessels.
At the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons, Chicago, William Z. Yahr, MD, Surgical Division, Montefiore Hospital, NY, described a totally nonocclusive technique of vascular anastomosis to improve blood flow to the vital organs. The experimentally successful procedure utilized laser energy in conjunction with the adhesive, methyl cyanoacrylate.
Dov Weissberg, MD, Department of Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, reported that 29 arteries in 12 dogs had been dissected free and the same adhesive methyl cyanoacrylate applied to the surface of short artery segments. As controls, five arteries were dissected free with no adhesive applied.
Within the first week, arteriographs indicated that 25 of the 28