Application of the vacuum-assisted closure in pediatric patients with orthopedic sequelae of meningococcemia

Report of a case successfully treated

Federico Canavese, Joseph (Ivan) Krajbich, Anna Kuang

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Abstract

Patients who survive the initial acute phase of fulminant meningococcemia are at an increased risk for serious complications as a result of poor tissue perfusion. It is rare that early surgical intervention is required, as it is relatively difficult to determine the degree of tissue loss early on. Once the patient is stable, debridement of all necrotic tissue is essential and may necessitate extensive removal of skin, subcutaneous tissue, and muscle. Widespread use of the vacuum-assisted closure for complex soft tissue injuries has generally showed accelerated wound healing compared with traditional methods. We report a new possible application of the vacuum-assisted closure system in very young patients with loss of tissue as a result of purpura fulminans secondary to meningococcemia. J Pediatr Orthop B 18:388-391

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-391
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Part B
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2009

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Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy
Orthopedics
Pediatrics
Purpura Fulminans
Soft Tissue Injuries
Subcutaneous Tissue
Debridement
Wound Healing
Perfusion
Muscles
Skin

Keywords

  • Meningococcemia
  • Soft tissue loss
  • Vacuum-assisted closure therapy
  • Wound healing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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