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Deep sternal wound infections (DSWIs) are an uncommon but serious complication after open-heart surgery. The reported incidence of DSWIs due to Candida albicans is 0.4%, but these infections have an extremely high mortality of 56%. We herein report a rare case of a 79-year old woman who suffered from Candidal DSWI after repeated open-heart surgeries. We treated her with negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT). This is the rare case report that provides evidence that NPWT is a safe and suitable technique for the management of Candidal DSWIs.


Hiroaki Osada, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Manabu Morishima, Takamitsu Su. Candidal mediastinitis successfully treated using vacuum-assisted closure following open-heart surgery. Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. 2012 Jun;14(6):872-4

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PMID: 22422875

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