Closure of infected sternal wounds with a unilateral rectus abdominis muscle flap in addition to bilateral pectoralis major myocutaneous advancement flaps

Lee Li-Qun Pu, J. B. O'Connell, T. Takei, R. J. Restifo, C. G. Newton, G. R. Sandberg

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Abstract

We have recently added to our regimen a unilateral rectus abdominis muscle flap to cover the lower sternum and adjacent soft tissues, in addition to bilateral pectoralis major myocutaneous advancement flaps for closure of infected sternal wounds. Twenty patients underwent this procedure for closure of infected sternal wounds after initial debridement at our institutions. There were no intraoperative deaths in this series, but three patients died of other medical conditions. Two patients developed hematomas and one developed recurrent sternal wound infection after surgery; two had superficial wound infections and five had minor wound problems (i.e., skin edge necrosis). All surviving patients (17/20, 85%) had healed sternal wounds with normal chest contour and there were no instances of flap necrosis, sternal wound dehiscence, or abdominal wall hernia during the follow-up (18-60 months). Based upon our experience, we recommend a unilateral rectus abdominis muscle flap in addition to bilateral pectoralis major myocutaneous advancement flaps for selected patients with infected sternal wounds. This approach provides reliable soft tissue coverage with acceptable morbidity and mortality in this high-risk patient population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-317
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Plastic Surgery
Volume22
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Rectus Abdominis
Myocutaneous Flap
Muscles
Wounds and Injuries
Wound Infection
Necrosis
Abdominal Hernia
Sternum
Abdominal Wall
Debridement
Hematoma
Thorax
Morbidity
Skin
Mortality
Population

Keywords

  • Myocutaneous flap
  • Pectoralis major
  • Rectus abdominis muscle flap
  • Sternal wound

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  • Surgery

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Closure of infected sternal wounds with a unilateral rectus abdominis muscle flap in addition to bilateral pectoralis major myocutaneous advancement flaps. / Pu, Lee Li-Qun; O'Connell, J. B.; Takei, T.; Restifo, R. J.; Newton, C. G.; Sandberg, G. R.

In: European Journal of Plastic Surgery, Vol. 22, No. 7, 10.1999, p. 313-317.

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