Title
The use of positron emission tomography with (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose for the diagnosis of vascular graft infection The use of positron emission tomography with (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose for the diagnosis of vascular graft infection
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
New York, N.Y. ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Angiology: the journal of vascular diseases. - New York, N.Y.
Volume/pages
58(2007) :6 , p. 717-724
ISSN
0003-3197
ISI
000251982900010
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Vascular graft infection is associated with a high morbidity and mortality rate. Diagnosis is difficult, as there is no single diagnostic criterion that has a 100% accuracy. A combination of physical examination, laboratory tests, and several imaging techniques is mandatory. Beside a wide range of indications in the oncological field, positron emission tomography with (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG-PET) has a well-known role in the diagnosis of bone and soft-tissue infections. Some authors have recently reported on the potential use of FDG-PET in the diagnosis of vascular graft infections. The aim of this study is to review personal experience. Five consecutive patients with a suspected prosthetic infection (1 aortobifemoral bypass, 3 femoropopliteal bypasses, and 1 femorofemoral bypass) underwent FDG-PET. All prostheses showed a moderate or intense FDG tracer uptake. All 3 patients with an intense FDG uptake proved to have a prosthetic infection (based on microbiologic examination). These preliminary results suggest that FDG-PET might be an interesting tool to confirm vascular graft infection.
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