Bilateral Pectoralis Major Muscle Flaps in Treating Deep Sternal Wound Infection following CABG in Diabetic Patients: Two Case Reports
Keywords:deep sternal wound infection, coronary artery bypass grafting, diabetes mellitus, pectoralis major muscle flap
Deep sternal wound infection (DSWI) is a life-threatening complication after cardiac operations, especially after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in diabetic patients. Bilateral pectoralis major muscle flaps have been performed to treat DSWI. Two diabetic patients suffering from DSWI after CABG were treated by bilateral pectoralis major muscle flaps in our hospital. Both patients were discharged with full recovery. Satisfactory results can be obtained with bilateral pectoralis major muscle flaps following tissue debridement and drainage. This procedure should be performed when DSWI occurs in diabetic patients after CABG.
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