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Chirurgia 2012 December;25(6):433-5

language: English

The use of autologous platelet gel (as carrier) mixed with antibiotic in the treatment of deep sternal wound infection

Van Appeldorn M. 1, Hoohenkerk G. J. F. 2, Lee-Kong P. 2, Khargi K. 2 , Prenger K. 2, Falsafi A. 2, De Vroege R. 1

1 Department of Extracorporeal Circulation, Haga Hospital, The Hague, The Netherlands;
2 Department of Cardiac Surgery, Haga Hospital, The Hague, The Netherlands;
3 Department of Intensive Care and Cardiac Anesthesiology, Haga Hospital, The Hague, The Netherlands


A deep sternal wound infection is a serious complication after coronary artery bypass surgery. Treatment has been limited to systemic antibiotic therapy, débridement, irrigation, re-wiring and using vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) therapy. We present what we believe is the first case of a deep sternal wound infection successfully treated with autologous platelet gel as a carrier for locally applied antibiotics.

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