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Title: Microbiological monitoring of aortic aneurysm sac contents during abdominal aneurysmectomy: results in 176 patients and review of the literature
Authors: Fourneau, Inge ×
Nevelsteen, André
Lacroix, Hendrik
Suy, R #
Issue Date: Jun-1996
Series Title: Acta Chirurgica Belgica vol:96 issue:3 pages:119-22
Abstract: To investigate the clinical significance of intraoperative cultures, aneurysmal thrombus was cultured in 176 patients with clinically non suspected infected abdominal aortic aneurysm. The incidence of positive cultures was 14.2% and 88% of the microorganisms were Gram-positive. Differences between elective and urgent reconstruction were not significant. During follow-up, there were no cases of graft infection in either group. Review of the literature shows a positive culture rate of 19% in a series of 1867 patients. 93% Of the microorganisms are Gram-positive and 78% are considered as contaminants. The incidence of graft infection is 1.99% in the group with positive culture and 0.7% in the series with negative culture (P = 0.06). It is concluded that the clinical significance of routine cultures in clinically non suspected infected aortic aneurysms is negligible.
ISSN: 0001-5458
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Vascular Surgery
× corresponding author
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