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Cutaneous hydrophilic polymer emboli following endovascular repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm: a case and review of literature

  • Author(s): Casale, Fiore;
  • Silva, Floyd;
  • Posligua Alban, Alba;
  • Elwood, Hillary;
  • Stepenaskie, Shelly;
  • Altman, Emily
  • et al.
Abstract

Hydrophilic polymer embolism (HPE) is a rare iatrogenic complication of the use of polymer-coated intravascular devices, which may affect several organ systems including the skin. Herein, we present a patient who developed a cutaneous eruption with associated neurologic manifestations secondary to localized HPE. This is a potentially underdiagnosed, life-threatening complication and physicians should consider HPE when evaluating skin eruptions in patients who have undergone endovascular procedures.

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