Stent graft infection and protrusion through the skin: clinical considerations and potential medico-legal ramifications

Seminars in Dialysis
Arif AsifLoay Salman


Stent grafts have been used for a variety of arteriovenous access associated issues. This article presents three cases of stent graft infection and a case of protruded metal piece of the stent graft through the skin. All four required surgical treatment and three cases required a tunneled dialysis catheter to provide long-term dialysis therapy. This report highlights that stent graft problems can occur that may result in loss of the access. Additionally, strut protrusion can pose a medical hazard to those performing preparation and cannulation of the arteriovenous access.


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