Aorto-enteric fistula presenting as multicentric osteomyelitis.
A 60-year-old man treated with a prothesis for aorto-enteric fistulae developed multicentric osteomyelitis. Enteric flora were cultured from blood and bone but the diagnosis was delayed. Aorto-enteric fistulae can occur in a variety of circumstances but have become more common with the advent of reconstructive vascular surgery using prostheses. This entity frequently does not present in a dramatic way, but can be the cause of fatal bacteremia and septicemia.
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Gordon, S. L., Nicholas, G. G., Carter, S. L., & Mira, A. J. (1978). Aorto-enteric fistula presenting as multicentric osteomyelitis. Clinical orthopaedics and related research, (131), 255–258.
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Surgery