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October 1977

Recurrent Aortoduodenal Fistula

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center and Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital; Mary's Help Hospital, Daly City, Calif; Peninsula Hospital, Burlingame, Calif; and the US Public Health Service Hospital, San Francisco.

Arch Surg. 1977;112(10):1265. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370100119028

• We describe the second successful repair of a recurrent aortoduodenal fistula (ADF) occurring two years following insertion of the original prosthetic and 18 months following the repair of the first ADF. The recurrent ADF developed at the site of the previous repair, fistulizing between the sutured aorta and the duodenum closed by staples. Despite the admitted technical challenges of reoperation for a third or fourth time, as in the current case, these patients can be salvaged.

(Arch Surg 112:1265, 1977)