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Traumatic Bilateral Pneumothoraces due to Sternal Wire Migration.

Imran Hamid U, Gillespie S, Lynchehaun C, Parissis H - Case Rep Med (2012)

Bottom Line: Sternal wound complications after cardiac surgery are associated with increased morbidity and mortality.Wire migrations associated with sternal dehiscence can lead to catastrophic haemorrhage unless intervened in time.We present a case of sternal wire migration causing bilateral pneumothoraces.

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Affiliation: Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast BT12 6BA, UK.

ABSTRACT
Sternal wound complications after cardiac surgery are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Wire migrations associated with sternal dehiscence can lead to catastrophic haemorrhage unless intervened in time. We present a case of sternal wire migration causing bilateral pneumothoraces.

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fig1: CXR showing bilateral pneumothoraces with displaced sternal wires.

Mentions: He presented 4 weeks later with dry cough and signs of sternal malunion; the sternum was unstable but the overlying skin was intact. Conservative approach with external thoracic support was initially used. He was readmitted two weeks later with persistent cough and acute shortness of breath. Chest roentegram showed laterally displaced sternal wires and bilateral hydro-pneumothoraces (Figure 1). Computed tomography (CT) scan was carried out which confirmed sternal dehiscence (Figure 2).


Traumatic Bilateral Pneumothoraces due to Sternal Wire Migration.

Imran Hamid U, Gillespie S, Lynchehaun C, Parissis H - Case Rep Med (2012)

CXR showing bilateral pneumothoraces with displaced sternal wires.
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fig1: CXR showing bilateral pneumothoraces with displaced sternal wires.
Mentions: He presented 4 weeks later with dry cough and signs of sternal malunion; the sternum was unstable but the overlying skin was intact. Conservative approach with external thoracic support was initially used. He was readmitted two weeks later with persistent cough and acute shortness of breath. Chest roentegram showed laterally displaced sternal wires and bilateral hydro-pneumothoraces (Figure 1). Computed tomography (CT) scan was carried out which confirmed sternal dehiscence (Figure 2).

Bottom Line: Sternal wound complications after cardiac surgery are associated with increased morbidity and mortality.Wire migrations associated with sternal dehiscence can lead to catastrophic haemorrhage unless intervened in time.We present a case of sternal wire migration causing bilateral pneumothoraces.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast BT12 6BA, UK.

ABSTRACT
Sternal wound complications after cardiac surgery are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Wire migrations associated with sternal dehiscence can lead to catastrophic haemorrhage unless intervened in time. We present a case of sternal wire migration causing bilateral pneumothoraces.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus