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

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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


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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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