Blood flow responses in the peristernal thoracic wall during vacuum-assisted closure therapy.

@article{Wackenfors2005BloodFR,
  title={Blood flow responses in the peristernal thoracic wall during vacuum-assisted closure therapy.},
  author={Angelica Wackenfors and Ronny I Gustafsson and Johan Sj{\"o}gren and Lars Algotsson and Richard Ingemansson and Malin Malmsj{\"o}},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2005},
  volume={79 5},
  pages={1724-30; discussion 1730-1}
}
BACKGROUND Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) therapy is a recently introduced method for the treatment of poststernotomy mediastinitis. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of negative pressure on peristernal soft tissue blood flow and metabolism because the mechanisms by which vacuum-assisted closure therapy promotes wound healing are not known in detail. METHODS Microvascular blood flow was examined by laser Doppler velocimetry in an uninfected porcine sternotomy wound model… CONTINUE READING