Arteriovenous fistulas after median sternotomy--report of 2 cases and review of the literature.

@article{Thiel1990ArteriovenousFA,
  title={Arteriovenous fistulas after median sternotomy--report of 2 cases and review of the literature.},
  author={Robert Thiel and W H Bircks},
  journal={The Thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon},
  year={1990},
  volume={38 3},
  pages={195-7}
}
We report 2 cases of arteriovenous fistulas as a very rare complication following median sternotomy. In the first case a fistula was observed between the right internal mammary artery and vein caused by a sternal wire. The second patient developed a fistula between the innominate artery and left innominate vein after suture repair of a slight hemorrhage from the innominate vein. The latter localization has not been previously described. In both cases the fistulas were discovered by a continuous… CONTINUE READING

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