Pericardial substitute and emergency resternotomy: Life-saving combination

T. J. Bacaner, J Nilas Young, W. M. DeCampli, C. Hardy

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)396-398
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Cardiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Pericardial substitute
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene
  • Resternotomy
  • Retrosternal adhesions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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