Fluid flow structure in arterial bypass anastomosis

C. M. Su, Denz Lee, R. Tran-Son-Tay, W. Shyy

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The fluid flow through a stenosed artery and its bypass graft in an anastomosis can substantially influence the outcome of bypass surgery. To help improve our understanding of this and related issues, the steady Navier-Stokes flows are computed in an idealized arterial bypass system with partially occluded host artery. Both the residual flow issued from the stenosis-which is potentially important at an earlier stage after grafting-and the complex flow structure induced by the bypass graft are investigated. Seven geometric models, including symmetric and asymmetric stenoses in the host artery, and two major aspects of the bypass system, namely, the effects of area reduction and stenosis asymmetry, are considered. By analyzing the flow characteristics in these configurations, it is found that (1) substantial area reduction leads to flow recirculation in both upstream and downstream of the stenosis and in the host artery near the toe, while diminishes the recirculation zone in the bypass graft near the bifurcation junction, (2) the asymmetry and position of the stenosis can affect the location and size of these recirculation zones, and (3) the curvature of the bypass graft can modify the fluid flow structure in the entire bypass system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)611-618
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biomechanical Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Aug 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Physiology (medical)

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