Mediastinitis after cardiovascular operations: a case-control study of risk factors.

@article{Bitkover1998MediastinitisAC,
  title={Mediastinitis after cardiovascular operations: a case-control study of risk factors.},
  author={C. Y. Bitkover and Bengt G{\aa}rdlund},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={1998},
  volume={65 1},
  pages={
          36-40
        }
}
BACKGROUND An analysis of risk factors for postoperative mediastinitis can lead to a better understanding of the pathogenesis of this complication and to more effective preventive measures. METHODS This case-control study of 37 patients and 74 matched controls evaluated 54 potential risk factors. RESULTS Nine variables were significantly associated with increased risk of postoperative mediastinitis: total operation time (p = 0.0013), high body-mass index (p = 0.0033), use of beta-adrenergic… CONTINUE READING

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