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Chirurgia 2012 August;25(4):269-71

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Cardiac rupture following vacuum assisted closure dressing

Barua A. 1, Barua B. 3, Singh H. 2

1 Cardiac Surgery Department, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, UK;
2 Anaesthesia Department, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, UK;
3 General Surgery Department, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, UK


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Rupture of the free wall of right ventricle following vacuum assisted closure (VAC) therapy is a rare but a catastrophic complication. Prompt diagnosis and immediate surgical repair can save the life. Here we present a case of right ventricular free wall rupture up to the right ventricular outflow tract after first day of application of VAC therapy which was successfully repaired with pericardial patch.

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