Brief report: biomarkers of aortic vascular prosthetic graft infection in a porcine model with Staphylococcus aureus

S. N. Langerhuus, E. K. Tønnesen, K. H. Jensen, B. M. Damgaard, Peter M. H. Heegaard, U. Halekoh, C. Lauridsen

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    Abstract

    Aortic vascular prosthetic graft infection (AVPGI) with Staphylococcus aureus is a feared post-operative complication. This study was conducted to evaluate the clinical signs and potential biomarkers of infection in a porcine AVPGI model. The biomarkers evaluated were: C-reactive protein (CRP), fibrinogen, white blood cells (WBC), major histocompatibility complex II (MHC II) density, lymphocyte CD4:CD8 ratio and tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) in vitro responsiveness. Sixteen pigs were included in the study, and randomly assigned into four groups (n = 4): “SHAM” pigs had their infra-renal aorta exposed by laparotomy; “CLEAN” pigs had an aortic graft inserted; “LOW” and “HIGH” pigs had an aortic graft inserted and, subsequently, S. aureus were inoculated on the graft material (5 × 104 colony-forming units [CFU] and 1 × 106 CFU, respectively). Biomarkers were evaluated prior to surgery and on day 2, 5, 7, and 14 post-operatively in blood samples. Of all biomarkers evaluated, CRP was superior for diagnosing S. aureus AVPGI in pigs, with a sensitivity of 0.86 and a specificity of 0.75.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
    Volume29
    Issue number11
    Pages (from-to)1453-1456
    ISSN0934-9723
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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