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Saphenous Vein Graft Infection*: A Fatal Complication of Postoperative Mediastinitis

Hasan B. Alam, MD; Christopher Kowalski, MD; George A. Sample, MD, FCCP
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*From the Section of Surgical Critical Care, Department of Surgery, Washington Hospital Center, Washington DC.

Correspondence to: George A. Sample, MD, FCCP, Senior Attending, Washington Hospital Center, Surgical Critical Care Services, 110 Irving St, NW, Suite 4B-42, Washington, DC, NW, 20010-2975; e-mail: gas6@mhg.edu



Chest. 1999;116(6):1816-1818. doi:10.1378/chest.116.6.1816
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Infection and erosion of the saphenous vein graft with mediastinal hemorrhage is a rare but highly lethal complication of cardiac surgery. This is associated with a mortality rate of 50%. We present a patient who died during the postoperative period due to this complication.


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