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Skeletonisation Contributing to a Reduction of Sternal Wound Complications: a Retrospective Study in OPCAB Patients

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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Source Name: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery


Jef Van den Eynde, Astrid Heeren, Delphine Szecel, Bart Meuris, Steven Jacobs, Peter Verbrugghe, Wouter Oosterlinck

This is a retrospective study in OPCAB patients comparing patients who received skeletonized versus nonskeletonized SIMA and BIMA grafts. They reported patients with any sternal wound complication including redness or minor drainage that healed naturally. There was a lower incidence of complications in the skeletonized group as well as overall lower grade of complications. These effects were more pronounced in subgroup analysis of the BIMA group, including diabetics.


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