Complete vacuum-assisted sternal closure following neonatal cardiac surgery

John C. Oeltjen, Anthony L. Panos, Tomas A. Salerno, Marco Ricci

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Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) has been used with success in the management of adults and children with sternal infections. However, this technique has not been applied previously to neonates requiring delayed sternal closure as the sole modality of therapy. In this article, we describe the management of two newborns with hypoplastic left heart syndrome in whom complete sternal wound healing was accomplished solely by using the VAC system. The implications of this new modality of treatment are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)748-750
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of cardiac surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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