Postoperative mediastinitis in cardiac surgery - microbiology and pathogenesis.

  title={Postoperative mediastinitis in cardiac surgery - microbiology and pathogenesis.},
  author={Bengt G{\aa}rdlund and Catarina Y Bitkover and Jarle I. Vaage},
  journal={European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery},
  volume={21 5},
OBJECTIVE During 1992-2000, postoperative mediastinitis developed after 126 (1.32%) of 9557 consecutive cardiac surgery procedures. The study was done to describe the variation in clinical characteristics and microbiological etiology in mediastinitis. METHODS The records of 126 cases of postoperative mediastinitis were reviewed. RESULTS The median time from operation to the development of mediastinitis was 7 days. Sternal dehiscence was seen in 86 patients (68%). Coagulase negative… CONTINUE READING


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