Fallibility of Intra-Operative Gram Stain in the Diagnosis of Vascular Infection

Russell H. Samson, Sushil K. Gupta, Larry A. Scher, Frank J. Veith

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Abstract

Three cases of arterial-graft infection are presented. In all cases the gram stain obtained at surgery demonstrated white blood cells but no bacteria. Cultures obtained at operation subsequently grew Pseudomonas aeruginosa in two patients and Bacteroides fragilis in one patient. Failure to recognize the fallibility of the gram stain in the diagnosis of vascular infection may result in incorrect management decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)680-684
Number of pages5
JournalAngiology
Volume33
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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