Mycobacterium abscessus: A rare cause of vascular graft infection

Imran Umer, Satish Mocherla, Joseph Horvath, Suthep Arora, Yasir Ahmed

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Prosthetic vascular graft infection (PVGI) following vascular reconstructive surgery is an uncommon but serious complication and is associated with high morbidity as well as mortality rate. Staphylococcal species are the most common organisms causing PVGI. Mycobacterium abscessus is a very rare cause of PVGI and poses a significant diagnostic and management dilemma. To the best of our knowledge, we report the third documented case of M. abscessus vascular graft infection that was diagnosed with 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) scan and treated successfully.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)813-816
Number of pages4
JournalScandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Femoral graft infection
  • Mycobacterial graft infection
  • Mycobacterium abscessus
  • Prosthetic vascular graft infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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