Prosthetic vascular graft infections: A contemporary approach to diagnosis and management

Avish Nagpal, Muhammad R. Sohail

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Abstract

Improvements in manufacturing and implantation techniques, coupled with an increasing prevalence of atherosclerosis in an aging population, have led to increased utilization of prosthetic vascular grafts. The infection rates of vascular grafts are low. However, when they do occur, high rates of morbidity and mortality can be expected. The purpose of this article is to review the published literature regarding epidemiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations of prosthetic vascular graft infections. Moreover, we provide a practical approach to the diagnosis and management of these complicated infections based on empirically grounded evidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-323
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Infectious Disease Reports
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011

Keywords

  • Diagnosis
  • Epidemiology
  • Infection
  • Management
  • Prosthetic
  • Vascular graft

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases

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