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J Vasc Surg. 2003 Apr;37(4):889-91.

Floppy aortic graft reconstruction for germ cell tumor invasion of the infrarenal aorta.

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Department of Surgery, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, 711063, USA.


Significant aortic invasion by metastatic nonseminomatous germ cell tumors can present difficult problems intraoperatively in attempted curative retroperitoneal lymph node dissection. Aortic replacement with Dacron graft has been a successful method of dealing with this predicament. We describe a new approach of intraoperative floppy aortic graft reconstruction in a young patient with testicular germ cell cancer in whom a 14 cm pseudoaneurysm involving the infrarenal aorta developed after four courses of preoperative chemotherapy. This technique prevents significant lower extremity and pelvic ischemia during resection of the aorta and retroperitoneal tumor while providing the urologic surgeon with excellent exposure and minimal interference from the aortic graft.

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