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Clinical profile and outcome of children treated with vasoactive agents

Shingo Takahara, Sadahiro Sai, Tomoaki Kagatani, Akinobu Konishi
OBJECTIVES: Post-sternotomy mediastinitis is a significant morbidity with controversial management. Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) has been used to treat mediastinitis, with many reports documenting its efficacy and feasibility, particularly in adults. However, its use is not prevalent in the paediatric population because of concerns that it may deteriorate haemodynamics. This study aimed to evaluate outcomes and effects of VAC on the haemodynamics of paediatric patients with post-sternotomy mediastinitis...
October 2014: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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