A Study to Evaluate Perceptions of Midline Sternotomy Scar in Children and Young Adults


About this study

The purpose of this study is to evaluate how children and young adults perceive their midline sternotomy scars (in terms of appearance, associated symptoms, consciousness, satisfaction with appearance/symptoms, and impact on quality of life)? 

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:  

  • Status-post midline sternotomy.

Exclusion Criteria: 

  • Children under 5 years old or adults over 21 years old.
  • Adult patients (18-21 years old) lacking capacity to consent.
  • Patient caregivers (if providing assent for patient aged 5-17 years old) lacking capacity to consent.
  • Patients without a history of midline sternotomy.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Megha Tollefson, M.D.

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Contact information:

Megha Tollefson M.D.



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