Vascular graft infections with Mycoplasma: an overlooked risk factor?

Niels Donald Levi-Mazloum, J Skov Jensen, J Prag, J Eiberg, J Jørgensen, T V Schroeder

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    Abstract

    Vascular graft infection is one of the most serious complications in vascular surgery. It is associated with mortality rates ranging from 25% to 75% and with morbidity in the form of amputation in approximately 30% of patients. Staphylococcus aureus is the leading pathogen. With conventional laboratory techniques, the percentage of culture-negative yet grossly infected vascular grafts seems to be increasing and is not adequately explained by the prior use of antibiotics. We have recently reported the first case of aortic graft infection with Mycoplasma. We therefore suggest the hypothesis that the large number of culture-negative yet grossly infected vascular grafts may be due to Mycoplasma infection not detected with conventional laboratory technique.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine
    Volume7
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)235-8
    Number of pages4
    ISSN0924-6479
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1995

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