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'An Innovative Reconstruction'

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This image shows the creation of a replacement inferior vena cava (IVC) made from the patient’s own veins.

This biological graft is used to repair an injury to the IVC segment above the renal veins. Reconstruction can also be performed with the synthetic material polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon), but research suggests that using biological material may be superior because of increased biocompatibility.

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