The aim of this retrospective study from 2004-2007 was to assess the outcome of vacuum-assisted wound closure (VAC) therapy for infected bypass grafts. 42 wounds and 45 infected bypass (28 synthetic) grafts received VAC treatment for a median of 20 days. Graft preservation rate was 91% and 76% at 3.5 and 15 months respectively. Two serious bleeding episodes from the suture lines occurred. Synthetic graft infection and non-healed wound were associated with mortality.
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