Due to the aging population, the number of patients treated with aortic grafts or endografts continues to increase. Although infection after these procedures is uncommon, aortic graft infection is a life-threatening condition, and refinement of management guidelines based on implant pathophysiology is appropriate. In the early 1990s, our European collaborative retrieval program, European Group for Research on Prostheses Applied for Vascular Surgery (GEPROVAS) was commissioned to analyze the degenerative phenomenon occurring on explanted grafts or endografts. In this review, our observations from the examination of explanted aortic grafts and endografts found that both fabric and structural degradation is present and is greater in the setting of inflammation produced by infection.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine