Successful total graft preservation for an infected thoracoabdominal aortic graft

Joseph Liechty, Graham N. Albert, John J. Squiers, J. Michael DiMaio, William T. Brinkman, Dennis R. Gable

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Infection of thoracoabdominal prosthetic grafts is a devastating complication. It is often not feasible to fully avoid the bed of infected bypass grafts, so the traditional approach with resection and replacement of infected grafts has a high morbidity and mortality rate. This technique has recently been challenged by several case reports describing success with graft-preserving strategies. Herein, we report a successful case of total graft preservation with decontamination by iodine washout and microdébridement, bactericidal bead and glue placement, and omental wrapping. This technique represents a novel strategy in the armamentarium of surgeons faced with infected thoracoabdominal prosthetic grafts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-180
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery

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