Retrosternal adhesions prolong operating time during reoperative pediatric cardiac surgery and promote myocardial injury. A case is presented in which a polytetrafluoroethylene pericardial substitute facilitated a rapid, life-saving emergency resternotomy in a moribund patient.
- Pericardial substitute
- Retrosternal adhesions
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health