Management of the recurrent sternal wound infection.
After adequate sternal debridement or resection for the treatment of a sternal wound infection, muscle flap obliteration of the resulting void has become an accepted standard. Unfortunately, recurrence is not an inconsequential risk as evidenced in six (20.7%) of our patients over the last 10 years. Two of these patients required a second muscle flap transfer before obtaining a healed wound. Since the available regional options for appropriate vascularized flaps is limited, especially with the increased frequency in use of the internal mammary artery for coronary artery bypass grafting, great care must be observed in the selection process not just for closure of the initial wound, but in anticipation of untoward sequela. A schema prioritizing alternatives has been established, so as to maximize the benefit of our workhorse flaps, the pectoralis major or rectus abdominis muscles.
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Hallock, G. G. (1995). Management of the recurrent sternal wound infection. Can Journal Plastic Surgery, 3(3), 1-10.
Medicine and Health Sciences | Other Medical Specialties | Plastic Surgery | Surgery
Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery Faculty