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Ann Thorac Surg. 2006 Sep;82(3):1110-1.

Cardiac rupture during vacuum-assisted closure therapy.

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Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Anesthesiology, Karolinska University Hospital, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.


Vacuum-assisted closure therapy is a recently introduced technique for treatment of deep sternal wound infections after cardiac surgery. We present five cases of vacuum-assisted closure therapy-related major bleeding complications due to rupture of the right ventricle. This potentially lethal complication may be avoided by covering the heart with protective layers of paraffin gauze dressings.

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