Stent graft repair of iatrogenic femoral arteriovenous fistula: a useful therapeutic approach in a hostile groin

Randall R De Martino, Brian W Nolan, Richard J Powell, Daniel B Walsh, David H Stone
Vascular and Endovascular Surgery 2010, 44 (1): 40-3
The incidence of iatrogenic femoral arteriovenous fistulas (IFAVF) has increased in contemporary practice. We herein report the case of a 55-year-old obese woman with significant surgical comorbidities who sustained an IFAVF between the superficial femoral artery (SFA) and the femoral vein. Given her substantial risk factors, she was treated with a SFA stent-graft (iCast 6 x 22 mm) using a contralateral endovascular approach. She remains asymptomatic at 15 months with ongoing resolution of the AVF. This report highlights the utility of stent-graft repair of an IFAVF in high surgical risk patients or in those with ''hostile'' anatomy.

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