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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 223-228

Endovascular stents––boon or bane? A case report of spondylodiscitis following aorto-illiac stent insertion

1 Department of Microbiology, St. Martha’s Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Spine Disorders, St. Martha’s Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Sushma Krishna
Department of Microbiology, St. Martha’s Hospital, Bengaluru 560001, Karnataka.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/isj.isj_33_20

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Spondylodiscitis after aorto-illiac stent insertion for the management of peripheral vascular disease is a rare but serious complication. We report the first case that we encountered as it provided insight into the device-related infections and the treatment dilemma that we went through. Within a week following insertion, a 43-year-old patient developed symptoms of infection. Imaging, laboratory cultures, and inflammatory markers were sought. The patient was treated with antibiotics for over six months to achieve a complete cure. Acute stent-graft infections require prompt and aggressive management. Centers specialized in carrying out endovascular stent insertions should monitor this device-related infection as a health-care-associated infection. The case may be looked on as a learning experience for the spine surgeons, vascular surgeons, microbiologists, and the infection control team of the hospital.

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