• Secondary aortocolonic fistula is an uncommon complication of prosthetic aortic grafts; apparently there have been only two previously described long-term survivors. We describe a long-term survivor with this complication in which preoperative computed tomographic scanning and percutaneous abscess drainage allowed early diagnosis and intervention and contributed to optimal treatment and survival. Adherence to time-honored principles of abscess drainage and graft removal, followed by extra-anatomic bypass when indicated, are essential to successful treatment.
(Arch Surg 1984;119:1208-1209)
Hatton PD, Robison JG, Hallett JW. Survival Following Aggressive Treatment of Secondary Aortocolonic Fistula. Arch Surg. 1984;119(10):1208-1209. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1984.01390220082019