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Crit Care Clin. 1998 Apr;14(2):221-50.

Postcardiac surgery infections.

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Department of Medicine, Brooklyn Veterans Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Abstract

Infections following cardiac surgery, although generally uncommon, are associated with difficult management decisions and significant morbidity and mortality. They often present while the patient is either in a critical care unit, or requires CCU management. This review analyzes infections related to median sternotomy wounds, prosthetic heart valves, transvenous permanent pacemakers, automatic implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, and left ventricular assist devices. The diagnosis, microbiology, treatment and outcome of each is also discussed.

PMID:
9561815
DOI:
10.1016/s0749-0704(05)70393-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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