18-Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography as a novel imaging tool for the diagnosis of aortoenteric fistula and aortic graft infection: A case report

Alexander S. Krupnick, Joseph V. Lombardi, Friederike H. Engels, Daniel Kreisel, Hongming Zhuang, Abass Alavi, Jeffrey P. Carpenter

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Abstract

The diagnosis of aortic graft infection and aortoenteric fistula can be difficult to establish using conventional radiographic imaging modalities. Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging with 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) can rapidly provide anatomically clear images and define areas of inflammation with increased glucose metabolism. In this report the authors present a case of aortoenteric fistula diagnosed by FDG-PET. Early diagnosis led to rapid surgical intervention with graft removal and extraanatomic bypass. These encouraging results warrant larger controlled studies to evaluate the utility of FDG-PET in the diagnosis of prosthetic aortic graft infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-366
Number of pages4
JournalVascular and Endovascular Surgery
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

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