Calciphylaxis Following Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: An Underappreciated Cause of Wound Complications?


  • Michael S. Firstenberg
  • Ravi S. Tripathi
  • Noah A. Grose
  • Erik Abel
  • Sara B. Peters
  • Thomas J. Papadimos



Wound complications following cardiac surgery are typically infectious and associated with a high morbidity and mortality. Calciphylaxis, vascular calcification of small and medium sized vessels, often associated with end-stage renal disease, can result in extensive tissue necrosis. We hypothesize that calciphylaxis is an under-recognized and under-reported precipitating wound and breast complication following coronary artery bypass surgery and thereby necessitates further study.


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How to Cite

Firstenberg, M. S., Tripathi, R. S., Grose, N. A., Abel, E., Peters, S. B., & Papadimos, T. J. (2012). Calciphylaxis Following Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: An Underappreciated Cause of Wound Complications?. The Heart Surgery Forum, 15(4), E218-E220.




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