Acute infection of Viabahn stent graft in the popliteal artery

S. Michael Gharacholou, Marshall Dworak, Ala S. Dababneh, Raj Varatharaj Palraj, Michael C. Roskos, Scott C. Chapman

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Peripheral stents are increasingly used for treatment of peripheral arterial disease, yet all implanted devices are potentially at risk for infection. We describe a 51-year-old man who underwent stenting in the femoropopliteal artery and presented 3 days later with leg pain, fever, and evidence of peripheral stigmata of embolization. Blood cultures grew methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and remained persistently positive despite antibiotic therapy. At surgical exploration, the popliteal artery had essentially been disintegrated by the infection, with only visible stent graft maintaining arterial continuity. Acute stent graft infections are rare and must be managed promptly to reduce morbidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-73
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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