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Coronary artery bypass surgery in diabetic patients – risk factors for sternal wound infections

By Kristina Lenz, Michael Brandt, Sandra Fraund-Cremer and Jochen Cremer

Abstract

The incidence of sternal wound infections (SWI) after coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) as reported worldwide is low. However, it is associated with significant increase of postoperative mortality and treatment costs. The major risk factors discussed are diabetes mellitus and bilateral IMA harvesting of the internal mammary artery. This study analyses data of 590 patients receiving CABG concerning the risk factors for SWI. Sternal wound infections occur significantly more often in diabetic patients, one crucial and significant additional risk factor is obesity

Topics: coronary artery bypass surgery, CABG, diabetes mellitus, sternal wound infection, sternal osteomyelitis, Medicine, R, Surgery, RD1-811
Publisher: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.3205/iprs000097
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:f9fd805d7e4e466cb22287fa73e90d12
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