Poststernotomy mediastinitis: comparison of two treatment modalities.

  title={Poststernotomy mediastinitis: comparison of two treatment modalities.},
  author={Patrique Segers and Antonius P de Jong and Jaap Jacob Kloek and Bas A M J de Mol},
  journal={Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery},
  volume={4 6},
Poststernotomy mediastinitis (PM) is a serious and potentially lethal condition with an overall incidence varying from 0.4-5%. There is little consensus on the ideal management of PM. The aim of this retrospective study was to investigate the effectiveness of topical negative pressure (TNP) therapy vs. traditional closed drainage techniques (CDT) as a treatment modality for PM. We reviewed the data of 10,467 patients who underwent median sternotomy between 1 January 1992 and 31 December 2003… CONTINUE READING