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Case Reports in Cardiology
Volume 2012, Article ID 905162, 3 pages
Case Report

Omental Herniation: A Rare Complication of Vacuum-Assisted Closure of Infected Sternotomy Wound

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, St George’s Hospital, London SW17 0QT, UK

Received 9 January 2012; Accepted 1 February 2012

Academic Editors: M. Barros and T. Kasai

Copyright © 2012 Philemon Gukop et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) has recently been adopted as an acceptable modality for management of sternotomy wound infections. Although generally efficacious, the use of negative pressure devices has been associated with complications such as bleeding, retention of sponge, and empyema. We report the first case of greater omental hernia as a rare complication of vacuum-assisted closure of sternal wound infection following coronary artery bypass grafting.