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Abad C., Maynar M. *, Ponce G., Chau O. *, Cárdenes M. A. **, Jiménez P. **, Betancor P. **
From the Department of Cardio-Vascular Surgery, *Vascular-Interventional Radiology and **Internal Medicine University Hospital N. S. del Pino Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
A 35 year old woman, cocaine addict, suffered Candida albicans aortic valve endocarditis complicated with embolisation of infected vegetations in the distal abdominal aorta. She underwent successful staged aortic valve replacement followed by transaortic and transfemoral thrombectomy. One month later an arteriogram disclosed partial occlusion of the left iliac artery, bilateral aneurysmal degeneration of both iliac arteries and right iliac artery-right iliac vein fistula. She was operated again, performing re-laparotomy and re-exploration. A composite bifurcated cryopreserved homograft was implanted end-to-side between the infrarenal abdominal aorta, right external iliac artery and left common femoral artery. The right iliac artery-iliac vein fistula was obliterated with suture. The patient had an uneventful recovery but a relapsing arterio-venous fistula was diagnosed by arteriography. Three months later she underwent percutaneous transluminal closure of the reopened fistula. At present, 17 months after the implantation of the homograft, the patient is symptom-free, on antifungal agents and with arteriographic and clinical evidence of a well-functioning arterial homograft.