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Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery

Print version ISSN 0102-7638On-line version ISSN 1678-9741


SCHIMIN, Luiz Carlos; BATISTA, Raelson de Lima  and  MENDONCA, Frederico Carlos Cordeiro de. Incidence of mediastinitis at the Hospital de Base do Distrito Federal in six years of study. Rev Bras Cir Cardiovasc [online]. 2002, vol.17, n.2, pp.144-147. ISSN 0102-7638.

We review all hospital recorders of the patients that was submitted to cardiac surgery with sternotomy at the Hospital de Base do Distrito Federal in period of six years. Fifteen patients (1.09%) developed mediastinitis in this period in a total of 1388 cardiac surgeries between January 1995 and March 2001. Sex, age, type of surgery, respirator time, ICU permanence, use of antibiotics and type of bacteria isolated were some variables analyzed.

Keywords : Mediastinitis [surgery]; Cardiac surgical procedures [adverse effects]; Sternum [surgery]; Osteomyelitis [sternum].

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