Published in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Volume 3, Issue 52, September 24, 2008.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1186/1749-8090-3-52.
Failure of a sternotomy closure because of closure system fatigue is a complication that may result in dehiscence and put the individual at risk for serious complications. The purpose of this study was to assess the fatigue performance of three peristernal median sternotomy closure techniques (figure-of-eight stainless-steel wires, figure-of-eight stainless-steel cables, or Pectofix Dynamic Sternal Fixation [DSF] stainless-steel plates) in order to quantify the potential risk of fatigue failure of these devices when subject to cyclic loads in physiologically relevant loading directions.
Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering
2009 Cameron Wangsgard, David J. Cohen, and Lanny V. Griffin.
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