International Journal of Surgical Wound Care
Online ISSN : 2435-2128
Case Reports
Sterile Abscess with Mediastinal Cutaneous Fistula After Total Aortic Replacement
Ayako KawarazakiNaoki InafukuToshiaki Numajiri
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2022 Volume 3 Issue 4 Pages 144-148


A sterile abscess around a prosthesis or perigraft seroma is rare but sometimes occurs in a perigraft after reconstructive surgery. Removal of the causative graft is the favored treatment, but in some cases, this cannot be performed, and there is a reluctance to treat the abscess due to the risk to the patient. Herein, we report a case treated with total aortic replacement and omental flap reconstruction, after which the fistula-forming sterile abscess did not resolve. Major pectoral muscle flap reconstruction around the fistula was then conducted, but this surgery did not improve fistula discharge, and a new fistula appeared at the fragile site of the chest. This outcome suggests that fistula and perigraft repairs are required in such cases.

Cutaneous fistula and perigraft seroma after a negative pressure wound therapy. Fullsize Image
The cutaneous fistula did not disappear.
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