Use of porcine dermal collagen as a prosthetic mesh in a contaminated field for ventral hernia repair: a case report
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Chronic infection of a prosthetic mesh implant is a severe complication of ventral hernia repair, and mesh explantation is usually required in these cases. Biologic mesh implants have a possible role in ventral hernia repair in this setting. Here we present a case of chronic mesh infection following ventral hernia repair and the use of a biologic mesh to repair the existing defect following explantation of the infected mesh. Analysis of the explant material demonstrated possible oxidative degradation of the original polypropylene. A review of the literature follows.
KeywordsVentral hernia Incisional hernia Permacol Wound infection Materials testing
This research was supported in part by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and funding from the University of Missouri-Columbia Food for the twenty-first Century (F21C) grant.
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