Sternal tuberculosis after open heart surgery.

@article{Rivas2005SternalTA,
  title={Sternal tuberculosis after open heart surgery.},
  author={P. Pulido Rivas and Miguel de G{\'o}rgolas and Beatriz Gimena and Josefa Sousa and Manuel Luis Fern{\'a}ndez-Guerrero},
  journal={Scandinavian journal of infectious diseases},
  year={2005},
  volume={37 5},
  pages={373-4}
}
We present a 68-y-old female who had undergone aortocoronary bypass and developed Staphylococcus aureus sternal osteomyelitis. Despite prolonged therapy with different antibiotics and several local debridements and drainage, the wound remained open and suppurative. Only after sternectomy and wide excision of infected costal cartilage was the diagnosis of sternal tuberculosis made, 24 months later. This case illustrates the necessity of a high degree of suspicion to diagnose this very rare… CONTINUE READING

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