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Vascular Graft Infections

Thomas F. Dodson, MD
Arch Surg. 1994;129(12):1344. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1994.01420360134021.
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It is always more difficult to write about complications and untoward events than about good results and "great cases." Bunt has assembled 31 colleagues to take on the most devastating complication in vascular surgery, that of graft infections. For the busy vascular surgeon, section 5, "Treatment Options for Graft Infections," will be the most useful and most closely read section of the text, but Bunt and colleagues also cover pathophysiology, prevention, diagnosis, and other topics of interest to physicians who see, treat, or operate on patients with vascular disease.

Although Bunt has written nine chapters himself, he has made an admirable attempt to present the problem from many facets, and he has not strayed from controversy in an attempt to do so. With respect to treatment options, he has included authors who recommend standard excisional therapy (Richard A. Yeager, MD), those who suggest homografts (Elna M. Masuda, MD, and Stanley


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