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Commentary: Small Patients with Big Wounds
  • Andrew Young,
  • Anthony Norman,
  • Irving Kron
Andrew Young
University of Virginia Health System
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Anthony Norman
University of Virginia Health System
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Irving Kron
University of Virginia Health System
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Abstract

Some would argue that kids aren’t just little adults, but what about their sternums? We are reviewing a manuscript by Horriat, McCandless, and colleagues in the Journal of Cardiac Surgery1 describing their experience with managing sternal wound infections (SWI) after congenital heart surgery. They report encouraging results in 14 patients who required plastic surgery consultation to manage their sternal wounds. The nature of congenital cardiac abnormalities and the necessary steps to repair them leads to physiologic derangements predisposing patients to SWI. Rates of SWI vary and have been reported at 1.53% in this population. There is little guidance on how the management of the congenital cardiac surgery patient should differ from the adult patient.2
01 Aug 2022Submitted to Journal of Cardiac Surgery
02 Aug 2022Assigned to Editor
02 Aug 2022Submission Checks Completed
02 Aug 2022Editorial Decision: Accept
18 Aug 2022Published in Journal of Cardiac Surgery. 10.1111/jocs.16845