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A Late Sternal Wound Infection Caused by Hematogenous Spread of Bacteria FREE TO VIEW

David C. Stuesse; John H. Robinson; Dennis S. Durzinsky
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From Medical College of Ohio at Toledo


1995 BY THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CHEST PHYSICIANS


Chest. 1995;108(6):1742-1743. doi:10.1378/chest.108.6.1742
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Abstract

A 56-year-old man presented with a sternotomy wound infection 6 months after coronary artery bypass grafting. The organism responsible was group B betahemolytic Streptococcus. This organism was simultaneously cultured from an infected diabetic ulcer on the patient's foot as well as from a total knee prosthesis. The Streptococcus apparently spread hematogenously to the sternum, an extremely rare cause of sternotomy wound infection.


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