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Vascular. 2013 Feb;21(1):14-6. doi: 10.1258/vasc.2010.cr0258. Epub 2011 Jul 29.

Endovascular aortic stent graft infection with Streptococcus equi: the first documented case.

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Cambridge Vascular Unit, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK.


Streptococcus equi is a common equine infectious disease, but transmission to man is rare and confined to those who commonly come into close contact with horses. Similarly, prosthetic stent graft infection is a rare complication of endovascular aortic aneurysm repair. We describe the first reported case of aortic stent graft with S. equi occurring in a professional racehorse trainer. Clinical presentation, investigations, imaging and management of this case are described. In conclusion, clinicians should consider infection with rare organisms in patients with prosthetic implants who regularly come into contact with horses and other ruminants.

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