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Risk Factors Identifying Patients Likely to Fail Surgical Salvage of Sternal Wound Infection

Purpose:

To evaluate a patient with a sternal wound infection to determine if a conservative surgical approach is likely to fail.

Specialty:

Infectious Diseases

Objective:

risk factors, complications, failure handling and therapy escalation, adverse effects, surgery

ICD-10:

T82.7

Description:

Most patients with sternal wound infections following open heart surgery can be treated conservatively with surgical debridement and rewiring. Patients who may fail this approach can be predicted based on the presence of certain risk factors.

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