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February 1980

Infected Prosthetic Grafts: Local Therapy With Graft Preservation

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, The Mt Sinai Hospital of Cleveland and Suburban Hospital, Cleveland.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(2):203-205. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380020069016

• Three cases of infected vascular prosthesis in the groin were treated successfully with antibiotics, local debridement, and continuous irrigation of the area with the appropriate antibiotic solution. We describe a system developed to permit steady instillation of antibiotic solution and complete drainage by suction to remove serous and necrotic material. In selected cases of infected vascular grafts, when they have not thrombosed, aggressive local and systemic therapy may control the infection and permit salvage of the prosthesis.

(Arch Surg 115:203-205, 1980)

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