Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2008; 56(4): 242-243
DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1038353
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Interposition of a Thymus Pedicle Flap for the Management of Mediastinitis in a Patient with a Tracheostomy

S.-C. Huang1 , H.-H. Hsu1 , K.-Y. Chen1 , S.-S. Wang1 , Y.-C. Lee1 , 2
  • 1Surgery, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan - Republic of China
  • 2Traumatology, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan - Republic of China
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Publication History

Received November 27, 2007

Publication Date:
15 May 2008 (online)

Introduction

The risk of sternal wound infection from a tracheostomy is well recognized [[1], [2]]. Sputum from a tracheal stoma can directly contaminate the underlying sternal wound. Patients with a tracheostomy and deep sternal wound infection (DSWI) have an extremely poor outcome, with a 55 % mortality rate [[2]]. Nonetheless, management of DSWI in patients with a tracheostomy is rarely described in the literature.

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