|Authors||Kiehn MW, Heckman WW, Osaki S, Kohmoto T|
|Journal||Ann. Thorac. Surg. Volume: 86 Issue: 1 Pages: 304-6|
|Publish Date||2008 Jul|
Poststernotomy mediastinal abscess is a life-threatening complication after cardiac operations. A 21-year-old woman had a late presentation of mediastinal abscess 9 years after ascending aortic graft replacement. Three days after the initial débridement and vacuum-assisted closure treatment, successful reconstruction was performed using an intercostal muscle flap and primary sternal closure, without recurrent infection.