Infected viabahn stent graft in the superficial femoral artery

J. R. Schneider*, N. H. Patel, F. Hashemi, S. Kim, M. J. Verta

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We present a case of an infected stent graft in the superficial femoral artery (SFA). A 67-year-old woman underwent excision of an infected Viabahn stent graft. At exploration there was no apparent artery around the majority of the stent graft, suggesting that the SFA had been autolysed. Infected stents and stent grafts are rare in the SFA position. The risk of infection is likely minimised with standard treatments including drainage of infection prior to stent graft placement and periprocedural antibiotic administration. Successful management will, in most cases, require excision of the stent graft and adjunctive arterial reconstruction, as necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-703
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2011


  • Infection
  • Stent
  • Stent graft

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery


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