To the Editor.—Candida infections have become a well-recognized and frequently fatal complication of the use of prosthetic devices, such as prosthetic heart valves. In spite of this, there are no well-documented reports of culture-proven prosthetic vascular graft infections caused solely by any Candida species, particularly Candida albicans. Likewise, pancreatic abscess due only to C albicans is rare.1 We report a case of prosthetic vascular graft infection caused solely by C albicans. This infection also involved the retroperitoneal area and pancreas, with formation of a pancreatic abscess, also caused by C albicans alone.
Report of a Case.—A 73-year-old previously well man was found to have an asymptomatic abdominal aortic aneurysm. This aneurysm was electively resected, and a Dacron aortoiliac graft was inserted at another hospital. The day after surgery, he required abdominal exploration for bleeding secondary to an anastomotic leak at the graft site and repair of
WORTHINGTON M, O'DONNELL K, SULLIVAN JG, MacDONNELL K. Aortoiliac Graft Infection and Pancreatic Abscess due to Candida albicans. Arch Surg. 1984;119(2):245. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1984.01390140099026