T-Modification of Sternotomy to Accommodate a Low-Lying Tracheostomy

Kenneth J. Woodside, Joseph B. Zwischenberger, D. Adrian Olvera, Vincent Conti

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A low-lying tracheostomy can complicate a sternotomy for coronary artery bypass grafting. A modified "T" exposure, transecting the manubrium at the first intercostal space, can be utilized to maintain sternoclavicular architecture and avoid injury to the tracheostomy at the sternal notch.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1109
Number of pages1
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery

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