Prevention of sternal dehiscence and infection in high-risk patients: a prospective randomized multicenter trial.

@article{Schimmer2008PreventionOS,
  title={Prevention of sternal dehiscence and infection in high-risk patients: a prospective randomized multicenter trial.},
  author={Christoph Schimmer and Wilko Reents and S Berneder and Peter Eigel and Oemer Sezer and Hans H. Scheld and Kerim Sahraoui and Brigitte Gansera and Oliver Deppert and Alvaro Gonz{\'a}lez Rubio and Richard Feyrer and Cathrin Sauer and Olaf Elert and Rainer G. Leyh},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2008},
  volume={86 6},
  pages={
          1897-904
        }
}
BACKGROUND One factor for the development of sternal wound infection (SWI) is bony instability after sternotomy. This study compares two surgical techniques with respect to the occurrence of SWI in patients with an increased risk. METHODS In this multicenter study, 815 consecutive patients with an increased risk for SWI were prospectively randomly assigned to a conventional osteosynthesis (transsternal or peristernal wiring; n = 440) or to an osteosynthesis with additional lateral… CONTINUE READING

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