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GUALTERO, Sandra; ZAMBRANO-AMASTHA, Luis; ARIAS, Gerson  e  SILVA, Edwin. Successful management of vascular graft infection: The role of 18fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography. Infect. [online]. 2016, vol.20, n.4, pp.281-285. ISSN 0123-9392.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.infect.2015.11.006.

The option of a vascular graft is a corrective intervention for patients with peripheral artery disease, aneurisms, and to achieve arterio-venous access in patients on chronic hemodialysis. Infections from a prosthetic vascular graft occurs in 1 to 6% of patients, and this development is related to the incidence of mortality of 13 to 58%. The diagnosis of a vascular graft infection is made via the combination of clinical, microbiologic and imaging findings that allow a definition of not only the presence of infection but also its severity and spread. The ideal approach requires both surgical and antimicrobial therapy; however, the former is not always possible. We report a case of successful medical management of an aortic vascular graft infection and the usefulness of a 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computedtomography (18F-FDG-PET/CT) scan as a tool for diagnosis and follow-up.

Palavras-chave : Fluorodeoxyglucose F18; Positron- EmissionTomography; Prosthetic vascular graft infections; Therapy control.

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