Infected abdominal aortic aneurysm endovascular stent

Case contributed by Dr Sachintha Hapugoda


Presyncopal event two months post endovascular aortic aneurysm repair for 9cm AAA. Hypotensive with abdominal tenderness. Serum inflammatory markers raised on admission.

Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Female

CT Abdomen+Pelvis

There is circumferential retroperitoneal inflammation surrounding the repaired aorta. Gas locules present within aneurysmal sac.  Reactive appearing lymph nodes are also present. No evidence of endoleak. Findings are consistent with graft infection.

Nuclear medicine

White Blood Cell Scan

There is abnormal white cell accumulation surrounding the aortic graft, mostly at the level of the bifurcation and the right iliac limb. Findings are consistent with graft infection.

Case Discussion

Abdominal tenderness partly improved over admission with IV antibiotic therapy. 

Arrangements made for operative repair as infection deemed unlikely to resolve with conservative management.

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Case information

rID: 50618
Published: 13th Jan 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Vascular
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