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The concept of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) after poststernotomy mediastinitis - a single center experience with 54 patients

Ennker, I. C. and Malkoc, A. and Pietrowski, D. and Vogt, P. M. and Ennker, J. and Albert, A.. (2009) The concept of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) after poststernotomy mediastinitis - a single center experience with 54 patients. Journal of cardiothoracic surgery, Vol. 4. p. 5.

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: Deep sternal infections, also known as poststernotomy mediastinitis, are a rare but often fatal complication in cardiac surgery. They are a cause of increased morbidity and mortality and have a significant socioeconomic aspect concerning the health system. Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) followed by muscular pectoralis plasty is a quite new technique for the treatment of mediastinitis after sternotomy. Although it could be demonstrated that this technique is at least as safe and reliable as other techniques for the therapy of deep sternal infections, complications are not absent. We report about our experiences and complications using this therapy in a set of 54 patients out of 3668 patients undergoing cardiac surgery in our institution between January 2005 and April 2007.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Operative Fächer (Klinik) > Innere Organe
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Operative Fächer (Klinik) > Innere Organe
UniBasel Contributors:Ennker, Jürgen
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN:1749-8090
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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