Treatment of Sternal Wound Infection Using a Free Myocutaneous Flap.


Deep sternal wound infections are potentially life-threatening complications after cardiac operations because they can spread into the mediastinum and cause postoperative morbidity and mortality. We present a 65-year-old man with a history of coronary artery bypass grafting. A large sternal defect was left after debridement. After brief vacuum-assisted closure (VAC), a free myocutaneous flap of the anterolateral thigh (ALT) was used to fill the dead space. At the 9-month follow-up, the wound had healed completely without tissue loss or complications, and the patient returned to normal life. This was a successful treatment of a deep sternal wound with free flap coverage.

DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2015.01.078

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@article{Chiang2015TreatmentOS, title={Treatment of Sternal Wound Infection Using a Free Myocutaneous Flap.}, author={I-han Chiang and S P Chen and Chih-Hsin Wang}, journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery}, year={2015}, volume={100 5}, pages={1907-10} }