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Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Aug;92(2):718-20. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2011.01.034.

Hardware preservation after sternal wound infection in a lung transplant recipient.

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Department of General Surgery, Center for Thoracic Transplantation, the Heart & Lung Institute of Saint Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona 85013, USA.


Sternal wound infections can result in significant morbidity and mortality. Managing these complications is particularly challenging when infected hardware is involved. Traditional thinking mandates removal of infected hardware, yet this hardware is often essential to chest wall stability in the early postoperative period. Here, we present a case of an infected transverse sternotomy wound involving hardware in a lung transplant patient whose treatment included successful hardware preservation. Our experience and other experiences reported in the literature highlight the alternatives in the management of this complication.

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