Perspective: options in managing aortic graft infections

  • Eric GraulusEmail author
  • Marc Schepens
Review Article


Thoracic aortic graft infections are infrequent, but are associated with high mortality and morbidity risk. To prevent these life-threatening infections, one must be aware of pathogenesis. When it occurs, a multidisciplinary (surgeon, radiologist, microbiologist, nuclear specialist, infectiologist, anesthesiologist, intensive care specialist) cascade must be initiated. A fast and accurate diagnosis using diagnostic criteria is vital. The appropriate treatment consists of a combination of antibiotics and surgery. Whether or not the vascular prosthesis is preserved depends on a case-by-case basis (tailor-made). Several graft preservation strategies have proven their effectiveness.


Thoracic aortic graft infection Prevention Diagnostic criteria 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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In the paper there were no results of new (self-done) research involving human participants and/or animals published. So there is no need for informed consent.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cardiovascular SurgeryGeneral Hospital Saint JohnBrugesBelgium

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