Background: Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of saphenous vein grafts (SVG) poses a high-risk for distal coronary thromboembolic events. Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors are frequently used in hope of reducing the impact of this, although the safety and efficacy of these drugs to improve outcomes in this setting are understudied. Methods: Patients were included if they had prior coronary artery bypass surgery and subsequently underwent PCI of >= 1 SVG graft at a Dutch academic center between 1997 and 2008. These patients were matched 1: 1 based on peri-procedural use of abciximab using a propensity-score matching algorithm based on 17 variables. Conditional logistic regression and Cox regression stratified on matched pairs were performed to evaluate the association between abciximab use and MACCE (the composite measure of mortality, myocardial infarction, stroke and repeat revascularization) at 30 days and up to 1 year. Results: The composite of 30-day MACCE occurred in 18 patients (15.3%) in the abciximab group and 16 patients (13.6%) in the propensity matched control group (OR: 1.13, 95% CI: 0.57-2.21, p = 0.73). At 1-year follow-up, MACCE rates were also similar (32.5% vs. 33.9%, HR: 0.97, 95% CI: 0.59-1.59). Major bleeding (BARC types 3a-c) was higher in the abciximab group (11.9% vs. 4.2%, OR: 2.80, 95% CI: 1.01-7.77). Ischemic outcomes did not differ among patients with acute coronary syndromes. Conclusion: The use of intravenous abciximab was not associated with improved clinical outcomes up to 1-year among patients undergoing SVG PCI, but was related to more bleeding. (C) 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.