DOI: 10.1177/17085381231214318 ISSN: 1708-5381

A case series of image-guided percutaneous drainage of abdominal aortic graft infection as bridge therapy

Helena Baffoe-Bonnie, Khaled I Alnahhal, Kristin Englund, Mark E Baker, Lee Kirksey
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • General Medicine
  • Surgery


Aortic graft infection (AGI) is a rare complication following endovascular aneurysm repair and is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. The traditional management of AGI is intravenous antibiotic therapy and surgical explantation. In this case series, percutaneous drainage was used as a bridge therapy in the treatment of AGI.


We report two cases, 78-year-old male and 57-year-old female, in whom image-guided percutaneous drainage was used to treat AGI in two contrasting contexts. Informed consent was obtained from both cases/relatives for publication.


Both cases underwent successful percutaneous drainage of AGI utilized as a bridge therapy before definitive surgical reconstruction and graft explantation. Each patient had a different outcome. In the first case, the patient’s comorbidities and severe disease state could not be overcome, resulting in his death. The second patient benefitted from the percutaneous drainage by allowing her more time ameliorate her malnutrition before definitive surgery.


Data on the outcomes of percutaneous drainage of AGI is limited. The successful procedure described in this case series emphasizes the need to conduct more research to evaluate the safety and efficacy of this treatment approach before the surgical explantation.

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