Mediastinitis after Percutaneous Dilatational Tracheostomy
May 17, 2001
30 April 2002 (online)
In our experience, PDT after total arch replacement, especially after dissection of neck vessels, should be approached with caution. A long skin incision that allows discharge to drain from the wound and a sufficiently long postoperative tracheostomy period to allow tissue healing in the neck are necessary for prevention of mediastinitis.
Tracheostomy - Percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy - Mediastinitis - Cardiac surgery - Thoracic aortic aneurysm
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