Improving survival and limb salvage in patients with aortic graft infection

Richard A. Yeager, Gregory L. Moneta, Lloyd M. Taylor, E. John Harris, Donald B. McConnell, John M. Porter

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A 15-year experience with 38 aortic graft infections, including 15 patients with graft enteric fistulas, is reviewed in order to analyze modern-day surgical results utilizing extra-anatomic bypass and aortic graft excision. Perioperative mortality was 14% during the most recent 7-year interval, which was a notable improvement compared with the earlier time interval (p=0.06). Extended follow-up of the perioperative survivors demonstrated a 77% cumulative 5-year survival and a 76% cumulative 5-year limb salvage rate. Subsequent axillofemoral graft infection occurred in 22% of survivors and resulted in a significantly higher amputation rate compared with those patients with no axillofemoral graft infection (p<0.001). The results suggest good perioperative and long-term survial in patients with aortic graft infection, with excellent limb salvage if subsequent axillofemoral graft infection can be avoided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)466-469
Number of pages4
JournalThe American Journal of Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1990
Externally publishedYes

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  • Surgery


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