Management of infected femoral closure devices

Cardiovasc Surg. 2002 Apr;10(2):161-3. doi: 10.1016/s0967-2109(01)00115-6.


An increase in infectious complications has been noted with the introduction of percutaneous femoral artery closure devices. We report five cases of infected groins and/or femoral arteries following angiographic procedures that were completed using the Perclose Suture Mediated Closure Device (Perclose). Each patient required drainage of the abscess and removal of the Perclose suture. Most patients required more extensive vascular reconstructive procedures. When these complications arise, we recommend expeditious drainage of the abscess, removal of the suture, and adequate exposure of the femoral artery to facilitate repair of the vessel.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Coronary Angiography
  • Equipment Failure
  • Female
  • Femoral Artery / microbiology
  • Femoral Artery / surgery*
  • Hemostasis, Surgical / adverse effects
  • Hemostasis, Surgical / instrumentation*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Punctures / adverse effects*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / etiology
  • Staphylococcal Infections / therapy
  • Surgical Wound Infection / etiology*
  • Surgical Wound Infection / therapy
  • Sutures*