Livia Montalin

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OBJECTIVE This study was undertaken to examine the outcome of patients with deep sternal wound infection (DSWI) now treated with vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) therapy as a bridge to sternal osteosynthesis with horizontal titanium plate fixation. METHODS From 1992 to 2007, a consecutive cohort of 23,499 patients underwent open-heart surgery (OHS) in our(More)
OBJECTIVE To provide a definition for recurrent sternal infection (RSI), analyse the risk factors and describe the management of this complication following treatment of deep sternal wound infection (DSWI) with horizontal titanium sternal osteosynthesis and coverage with pectoralis major myocutaneous flaps. METHODS Between 2002 and 2007, 10665 patients(More)
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