Experience with covered stents for the management of hemodialysis polytetrafluoroethylene graft seromas

Nicholas J. Gargiulo, Frank J. Veith, Larry A. Scher, Evan C. Lipsitz, William D. Suggs, Raquel M. Benros

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Prosthetic graft seromas is a rare complication that has been traditionally managed with open methods using partial graft replacement and open drainage. We report the first two cases of hemodialysis graft seromas successfully treated with a covered stent. Both patients underwent arteriovenous graft placement from the brachial artery to the axillary vein using a standard wall, tapered 4 to 7 mm polytetrafluoroethylene graft, but developed a seroma at the arterial end of the graft. Unsuccessful attempts were made to treat these seromas with percutaneous and open drainage. In both patients, an 8 mm × 50 mm Wallgraft (Boston Scientific, Natick, Mass) was retrogradely deployed "bareback" at the arterial end of the graft allowing for complete resolution of the graft seromas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-217
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2008


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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