False Aneurysm in the Right Groin due to Disruption of a Knitted Dacron Prosthesis

(Second Department of Surgery, University of Yamanashi Faculty of Medicine, Yamanashi, Japan)

Koji Ogata Syunya Shindo Atsuo Kojima
Masahiro Kobayashi Seiichiro Katahira Masatake Katsu
Harunobu Matsumoto Tadao Ishimoto Yusuke Tada
A 52-year-old man presented with a pulsatile mass in the right groin. He had undergone lumbar sympathectomy and aorto-right femoral artery bypass using an 8mm Microvel double velour graft, 14 years previously, for aortoiliac occlusive disease caused by thromboangiitis obliterans. Based on a clinical diagnosis of an anastomotic aneurysm, an operation was performed. When the aneurysm was incised, it was found that the anastomosis of the graft to the femoral artery was intact and that the graft itself had a defect, 3cm in size on the anterior wall, 1.5cm proximal to the distal anastomosis. The final diagnosis was a nonanastomotic false aneurysm due to prosthetic graft failure. The failed portion of the graft was resected, and a 10mm Hemashield Gold woven double velour graft was interposed between the old graft and the right femoral artery. Generally, arterial grafts below the groin are subject to high levels of mechanical stress, and graft failure is not uncommon. Vascular surgeons should keep in mind that graft failure is not rare in patients with long-standing prosthetic grafts.
@Jpn. J. Cardiovasc. Surg. 32: 280 -284 (2003)