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Vein-Donor-Leg Cellulitis After Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

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The Memorial Hospital and University of Massachusetts Medical School; and Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Worcester and Boston, Massachusetts

Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(4):565-566. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-97-4-565
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Over the past three years, we encountered nine patients who have developed cellulitis in the leg from which segments of the saphenous vein were removed for construction of coronary artery bypass grafts. Coexisting tinea pedis appeared to be the source of infection in all nine cases.

The clinical data of the patients are summarized in Table 1. All nine patients were men, and they ranged in age from 48 to 72 years. The initial manifestation of cellulitis was acute onset of fever (except in one episode) and erythematous swelling of the donor leg. Seven of nine patients also had rigors


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