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J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1978 Nov;76(5):723-8.

Pseudomonas infection of the sternum and costal cartilages. Report of three cases.

Abstract

Pseudomonas osteochondritis of the chest wall and sternum has rarely been reported, but when present it has been extremely difficult to eradicate. Multiple operations to debride the involved areas and use of antibiotics have often been inadequate to control this resistant infection. This report describes our experience with three patients who had the late development of Pseudomonas osteochondritis of the chest wall. The infection occurred following crush trauma, sternotomy for congenital heart disease, and mastectomy and amputation of the upper extremity for carcinoma of the breast. Antibiotic therapy alone and with limited operations was unsuccessful in controlling the infection in all three instances. Eventually, each patient required extensive regional surgical removal of involved bone and cartilage. Complete healing followed. Our experience favors the early wide removal of bony and cartilaginous tissues in the involved region with preoperative and postoperative coverage by appropriate antibiotics. Operative management is detailed.

PMID:
703378
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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