The entrapped retrosternal drainage catheter. Nonoperative removal

J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino). 1989 Nov-Dec;30(6):1000-1.


Although rare in occurrence, entrapment of mediastinal drainage catheter by sternal wires following median sternotomy can be frustrating. Described is a simple nonoperative technique for removal.

MeSH terms

  • Bone Wires*
  • Catheters, Indwelling
  • Drainage / instrumentation*
  • Humans
  • Orthopedic Fixation Devices*
  • Sternum / surgery*