Does method of sternal repair influence long-term outcome of postoperative mediastinitis?

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: Post-sternotomy mediastinitis reduces survival after cardiac surgery, potentially further affected by details of mediastinal vascularized flap reconstruction. The aim of this study was to evaluate survival after different methods for sternal reconstruction in mediastinitis. METHODS: Two hundred twenty-two adult cardiac surgery patients with post-sternotomy mediastinitis were reviewed. After controlling infection, often augmented by negative pressure therapy, muscle flap, omental flap, or secondary closure was performed. Outcomes were reviewed and survival analysis was performed. RESULTS: Baseline characteristics were similar. In-hospital mortality (15.7%) did not differ between groups. Secondary closure was correlated with negative pressure therapy and reduced length hospital of stay. Recurrent wound complications were more common with muscle flap repair. Survival was unaffected by sternal repair technique. By multivariate analysis, heart failure, sepsis, age, and vascular disease independently predicted mortality, while negative pressure therapy was associated with survival. CONCLUSIONS: Choice of sternal repair was unrelated to survival, but mediastinal treatment with negative pressure therapy promotes favorable early and late outcomes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Atkins, BZ; Onaitis, MW; Hutcheson, KA; Kaye, K; Petersen, RP; Wolfe, WG

Published Date

  • November 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 202 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 565 - 567

PubMed ID

  • 21924401

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-1883

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2011.06.013


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States