Enterocutaneous fistula associated with ePTFE mesh: Case report and review of the literature

M. Foda, M. A. Carlson

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A case of enterocutaneous fistula secondary to the erosion of an expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) prosthesis into the jejunum is described. This case is unusual secondary to the long experience with ePTFE and the lack of published cases similar to this one. The technical details of this case reveal extenuating circumstances associated with the fistula formation, and it is concluded that this particular case does not provide sufficient evidence to implicate ePTFE, by itself, as an etiologic agent for gastrointestinal fistulization. In addition, the published safety record of ePTFE in abdominal wall surgery is reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-326
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2009


  • Enterocutaneous fistula
  • Expanded polytetrafluoroethylene
  • Gastrointestinal erosion
  • Incisional hernia
  • Mesh prosthesis
  • Prosthetic complication
  • ePTFE

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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