Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2002; 50(2): 123-124
DOI: 10.1055/s-2002-26688
Letter to the Editor
© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart · New York

Mediastinitis after Percutaneous Dilatational Tracheostomy

K.  Maeda, M.  Ninomiya, T.  Moyairi, T.  Morota, R.  Kitamura, S.  Takamoto
  • 1Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Tokyo, Hospital 7-3-1 Hongo, Tokyo, Japan
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Publication History

May 17, 2001

Publication Date:
30 April 2002 (online)

Abstract

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.

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MD Katsuhide Maeda

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