Prospective trial of catheter irrigation and muscle flaps for sternal wound infection.

@article{Rand1998ProspectiveTO,
  title={Prospective trial of catheter irrigation and muscle flaps for sternal wound infection.},
  author={R P Rand and Richard P. Cochran and Sohail Aziz and Bettina Hofer and Margaret D. Allen and Edward Donald Verrier and Karyn S. Kunzelman},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={1998},
  volume={65 4},
  pages={1046-9}
}
BACKGROUND Sternal wound infection is a relatively rare but potentially devastating complication of open heart operations. The most common treatments after debridement are rewiring with antibiotic irrigation and muscle flaps. Here we present the results of a prospective trial to determine the appropriate roles of closed-chest catheter irrigation and muscle flap closure for sternotomy infection and to assess the effect of internal mammary artery bypass grafting on the outcome of each treatment… CONTINUE READING

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