Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2020; 68(04): 357-360
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-3401043
Short Communication
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

A Single-Center Experience of Osteosynthesis Material Infection after Rib Fixation for Blunt Trauma

Apostolos C. Agrafiotis
1  Department of Thoracic Surgery, Tenon University Hospital, Paris, France
,
Harry Etienne
1  Department of Thoracic Surgery, Tenon University Hospital, Paris, France
,
Marielle Le Roux
1  Department of Thoracic Surgery, Tenon University Hospital, Paris, France
,
Lucia Mazzoni
1  Department of Thoracic Surgery, Tenon University Hospital, Paris, France
,
Mihaela Giol
1  Department of Thoracic Surgery, Tenon University Hospital, Paris, France
,
Denis Debrosse
1  Department of Thoracic Surgery, Tenon University Hospital, Paris, France
,
Jalal Assouad
1  Department of Thoracic Surgery, Tenon University Hospital, Paris, France
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Publication History

11 May 2019

30 October 2019

Publication Date:
31 January 2020 (online)

Abstract

Introduction There is no data regarding the incidence and treatment of deep infection affecting the surgical implants after rib fixation. The aim of this study is to share our experience in the management of infected material after surgical rib fixation.

Methods The medical records of operated patients from January 2012 to December 2018 were retrospectively analyzed.

Results Three patients out of 87 (3.44%) developed an infection. One patient was treated conservatively and two patients were operated for hardware removal.

Conclusions The lack of evidence prompts for the design of surgical databases to share experience and enhance available data.