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Chirurgia 2012 October;25(5):391-3

language: English

The use of PET-CT in the diagnosis of femoropopliteal PTFE graft infection

Günday M.

Ahi Evren Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Educational and Research Hospital, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Trabzon, Turkey


Early diagnosis and treatment for prosthetic vascular graft infection are important because of the relatively high rates of amputation and death. Positron emission tomography (PET) is a well-accepted clinical tool for the routine assessment of malignant diseases. In our case, a 69 year old male patient admitted in our hospital with minimal opening the wound. The femoro-popliteal bypass had been performed 8 months previously. PET/computerized tomography (CT) examination was performed. Focal intense abnormal fluoro-deoxyglucose (FDG) uptake along the vascular graft was recorded. The graft was removed and femoropopliteal bypass was performed with saphenous vein. We think that PET/CT is an excellent diagnostic modality for suspected vascular graft infection.

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