ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
TURKISH JOURNAL OF
THORACIC AND
CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Low-virulent chronic sternal osteomyelitis in children
Muhammet Akyüz, Engin Karakuş, Onur Işık, Mehmet Fatih Ayık, Yüksel Atay
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Medicine Faculty of Ege University, İzmir, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2018.14215
Sternal osteomyelitis is a fatal and serious complication of open heart surgery. Application of current surgical techniques and the use of prophylactic antibiotherapy have reduced the sternal wound infections and the development of osteomyelitis. As a treatment, many methods have been described, from wound dressing to partial sternal resection, although complete recovery cannot be achieved without rationale and long-term antibiotherapy. In this article, we discuss the clinical approach to three pediatric cases who were diagnosed with low-virulent chronic sternal osteomyelitis.
Keywords : Antibiotherapy; low-virulent; osteomyelitis
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