Total arch replacement via antero-lateral thoracotomy with partial sternotomy in patients with a tracheostoma: report of two cases.

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Miyahara S, Inoue T, Minami H, Okada K, Okita Y. Total arch replacement via antero-lateral thoracotomy with partial sternotomy in patients with a tracheostoma: report of two cases. Surg Today. 2013;.
Midsternotomy in patients with a coexisting tracheostomy is associated with a risk of deep sternal wound infection (DSWI) or mediastinitis. We herein present two cases of total arch replacement using a surgical technique designed to avoid the danger of DSWI. Total arch replacement via an antero-lateral thoracotomy with partial sternotomy can be one of the options for patients with a tracheostoma or after laryngectomy, and can both protect organs and avoid DSWI.