Using eye speculum as a sternal retractor for delayed sternal closure after pediatric heart surgery.

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Sternal closure can lead to hemodynamic and respiratory instability after some complex pediatric cardiac surgeries. In such cases, delayed sternal closure is applied to facilitate postoperative recovery. During open sternum several instruments have been defined to prevent the sternum from compressing the heart; however, most of them have limitations. We, therefore, have attempted to use a new instrument to keep the sternum open in neonates and infants. This instrument has been used as an adult eye speculum which is made of a flexible metal wire. It is delicate, ready to use, easily placed, and good fitted to the pediatric sternal edges.

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Authors: Abdullah Doğan, Elif Tekin Ada, Rıza Türköz