Vacuum-assisted closure treatment complicated by anasarca

Tal Friedman, Melvyn Westreich, Avshalom Shalom

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The vacuum-assisted closure system has proven to be effective and safe in the treatment of a variety of wound types. In this case report, we present a rare complication of anasarca due to hypoalbuminemia, which developed during vacuum-assisted closure treatment. The patient was known to suffer from clinically stable congestive heart failure and had not had previous hypoalbuminemia. We emphasize the need for careful monitoring of electrolytes and proteins in compromised patients that have marked wound drainage when they are treated with a negative-pressure apparatus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-421
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Plastic Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2005


  • Anasarca
  • Compromised patient
  • Hypoalbuminemia
  • Rare complication
  • Vacuum-assisted treatment


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