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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2008 April;49(2):245-8

Copyright © 2008 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Infected ruptured popliteal artery aneurysm by Listeria monocytogenes A case report and review of the literatures

Papavassiliou V. G. 1, Xanthopoulos D. K. 1, Argitis V. P. 1, Loupou C. E. 1, Dervisis C. I. 1, Vorou R. M. 2, Arvanitis D. P. 1

1 Department of Vascular Surgery Sismanoglio General Hospital of Athens, Greece 2 Hellenic Center for Disease Control (K.E.E.L.) Ministry of Health, Athens, Greece


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We describe a case of a voluminous infected aneurysm of the popliteal artery, with Listeria monocytogenes (LM) associated with rupture, in a 72-year old man. After radical resection of the aneurysm a reconstruction was not necessary, because of the sufficient blood supply, due to the pre-existent good development of collateral circulation. The patient was discharged on the 12th postoperative day with primary healing of the wound and viable leg. Adequate antibiotic treatment was continued for 4 weeks. In the following 18 months the serial clinical examinations, laboratory tests and ultrasound scans have shown no evidence of reinfection.

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