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Online ISSN 1827-191X
Locati P., Socrate A. M., Costantini E., Maggiolo F. *
From the Division of Vascular Surgery
*Division of Infectivous Diseases Busto Arsizio General Hospital, Busto Arsizio, Italy
We present two cases of partial graft removal and cryopreserved arterial homograft insertion for treatment of patent axillobifemoral (AXB) polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) prosthesis with infection confined only to a part of the graft. In the first patient, infection was confined to the left inguinal site; in the second, there was a cutaneous fistula in the middle prosthetic thoracic tract. Neither patient presented signs of systemic sepsis and radio immunological tests were positive only in a confined tract. After surgery, both patients showed early recovery and currently (mean follow-up 21-month) they are disease-free. Selective partial graft removal appears to give satisfactory results and may reduce the risk of complications compared with total graft removal. Moreover, arterial homograft shows greater resistance to infection compared to alloplastic materials, when autologous veins are not available and/or not suitable.