ePlasty: Vol. 8
Successful Therapy for a Patient With an Infected Ascending Aortic Graft and Sternal Osteomyelitis Without Graft Removal
Dominik W. Schmid, MD,a Christina Orasch-Jörg, MD,b Reto Wettstein, MD,a Daniel F. Kalbermatten, MD, MPhil,a Atanas Todorov, MD,c and Gerhard Pierer, MDa

aDepartment of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, University Hospital of Basel, Basel, Switzerland; bDivision of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland; and cDepartment of Heart and Thoracic Surgery, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland


Correspondence: schmiddo@uhbs.ch

Objective: Following open-heart surgery, sternal osteomyelitis or infection of the graft may be a serious complication with high mortality rates. The recommended treatment of an infected graft is its explantation. Because of the poor performance status of the patient, this may not always be an option. We report a successful treatment concept without removal of the infected graft. Methods: The infected ascending aortic graft and the remaining sternum of a critically ill 60-year-old man were covered with a bilateral pectoralis muscle flap. Results: Postoperatively, the laboratory test values normalized and the patient was discharged 1 month after the intervention. One year after surgery, the patient was in good condition and th .......