Efficacy of a urinary bladder matrix for treating wound dehiscence with hardware exposure in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis

Roger D. Bui, Kenrick Lam, Vinod K. Panchbhavi

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Abstract

Objective. This case report explores an effective treatment modality in a medically complicated patient, with considerable wound dehiscence refractory to treatment with negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT). Case Report. A 35-year-old woman with a past medical history of hypothyroidism, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis treated with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) alpha inhibitors and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs presented to the clinic following right great toe arthrodesis, metatarsal neck osteotomies, extensor tendon lengthening, and capsulotomy of the second, third, fourth, and fifth toes 2 weeks prior, with wound dehiscence of the right great toe and subsequent exposure of surgical hardware, complicated by infection. At the 2-week postop, a urinary bladder matrix was placed on the wound following failed NPWT, which was in place for 10 days. At the 3-month follow-up, the wound was closed and without any drainage. Patient reported a significant reduction in pain (visual analogue scale: 3) with adherence to weight-bearing restrictions. Conclusions. Wound healing was accomplished without removal of the exposed deep hardware in a patient with comorbidities and post-surgical wound dehiscence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E27-E30
JournalWounds
Volume32
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2020

Keywords

  • Hardware exposure
  • Infection
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Urinary bladder matrix
  • Wound dehiscence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Medical–Surgical

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