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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2012 October;53(5):661-4

Copyright © 2012 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Cryopreserved aortic allograft for the treatment of a thoracic stent graft infection

García Franco C. E. 1, Dzieciuchowicz L. S. 2, Grochowicz L. K. 2, Olavide I. 3, Martin-Trenor A. 4, Espinosa G. 2

1 Department of General Thoracic Surgery, Clinica Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain; 2 Department of Vascular Surgery, Clinica Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain; 3 Department of Anesthesia, Clinica Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain; 4 Department of Cardiac Surgery, Clinica Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain


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Arterial prosthetic graft infection is one of the most challenging issues in vascular surgery. We report a case of an infected descending thoracic aorta endograft, presenting itself several years after placement, with hemoptysis and back pain as referred symptoms. The patient was successfully treated by removing the thoracic aorta and replacing the infected endografts with a cryopreserved aortic allograft, running from the left subclavian artery to the aortic diaphragmatic hiatus.

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