Title
Chronic osteomyelitis after sternotomy Chronic osteomyelitis after sternotomy
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Brussel ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Acta chirurgica Belgica. - Brussel, 1946 - 1996
Volume/pages
101(2001) :6 , p. 304-307
ISSN
0001-5458
ISI
000173346400011
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Two patients with chronic sternal osteomyelitis after an initially uncomplicated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) operation are described. Chronic osteomyelitis, caused in both cases by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, occurred six and four months after CABG respectively. Because chronic infection failed to respond to local wound care and medical therapy, more radical treatment was needed. Steel wires were removed and surgical debridement was performed. In one patient, an additional omental transposition was performed. In both cases radical debridement in combination with antibiotics successfully eradicated the infection.
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