Primary closure of median sternotomy: a survey of all German surgical heart centers and a review of the literature concerning sternal closure technique.

@article{Schimmer2006PrimaryCO,
  title={Primary closure of median sternotomy: a survey of all German surgical heart centers and a review of the literature concerning sternal closure technique.},
  author={Christoph Schimmer and Wilko Reents and Olaf Elert},
  journal={The Thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon},
  year={2006},
  volume={54 6},
  pages={408-13}
}
BACKGROUND Sternal instability and mediastinitis are rare but serious complications following cardiac surgery with median sternotomy. METHODS This study presents the results of a questionnaire, which was sent to all 79 German surgical heart centers. The conventional sternal closure technique, the parameters considered to be risk factors for sternal instability, and the surgical strategy in the presence of risk factors were determined. In addition, a literature research with the key words… CONTINUE READING

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