Delayed sternal closure after vacuum-assisted closure therapy for tracheo-innominate artery fistula repair

R. Suzuki, A. Mikamo, H. Kurazumi, K. Hamano
2011 Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery  
We report a case of successful innominate artery resection with delayed sternal closure after vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) therapy for a tracheo-innominate artery fistula (TIF). A 42-year-old woman with cerebral palsy underwent tracheostomy for respiratory assistance. On postoperative day 14, she was transferred to our hospital after an episode of massive hemoptysis. TIF was diagnosed based on the findings of multidetector computed tomography. Thus, we resected the innominate artery and
more » ... VAC therapy to control the postoperative local infection. The patient recovered uneventfully, without any infectious sequelae. Our strategy, which includes VAC therapy, for TIF repair may eliminate postoperative infective problems that could induce sequential bleeding and sternal compromise. To our knowledge, this is the first report of using VAC therapy for TIF.
doi:10.1510/icvts.2011.269985 pmid:21628318 fatcat:5z4mkavdpjbmfba25ayqk6fmam