We present a 63-year-old male patient who presented with vague abdominal pain after an endoluminal thoracoabdominal aneurysm repair. He was found to have an infected endograft and an associated type IIIb endoleak. We believe that the infection contributed to the fabric degradation along the endograft and resulted in an expanding endoleak. Graft explantation was not performed because of the patient's multiple comorbidities, and the endoleak was treated with an additional stent graft and suppressive antibiotics. Endograft infection may lead to endograft degradation and associated leak. Therefore, an infectious etiology, although rare, should be considered when evaluating a delayed type IIIb endoleak.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery|
|State||Published - 2016|
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Copyright © 2016 by the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery.
- Graft infection
- Thoracoabdominal aneurysm
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine