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Ann Thorac Surg. 1989 Jun;47(6):927-9.

Interlocking figure-of-8 closure of the sternum.

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Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219-5166.


Sternal dehiscence and mediastinitis are two of the most severe complications of a median sternotomy. A technique of closure is described that appears to provide a more stable sternal approximation without any increase in overall complication rate. Using this technique in 978 consecutive patients, no cases of sternal dehiscence or mediastinitis have been seen.

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