Management of vascular graft infections with soft tissue flap coverage: improving limb salvage rates--a veterans affairs experience.

@article{Herrera2009ManagementOV,
  title={Management of vascular graft infections with soft tissue flap coverage: improving limb salvage rates--a veterans affairs experience.},
  author={Fernando Antonio Herrera and Som Kohanzadeh and Yosef Y Nasseri and Nikhil Kansal and Eric L Owens and Richard Bodor},
  journal={The American surgeon},
  year={2009},
  volume={75 10},
  pages={877-81}
}
Graft infections are one of the most challenging issues in surgery with an incidence of 0.7 to 7 per cent, with femoral site infections being the most common (13% incidence). The gold standard treatment has been graft removal, wide débridement, and extra-anatomical bypass. Routine excision of infected peripheral arterial grafts and vascular reconstruction with extraanatomic conduits are associated with mortality rates ranging from 10 to 30 per cent and amputation rates of up to 70 per cent. As… CONTINUE READING

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