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Ann Thorac Surg. 2006 Jun;81(6):2279-81.

Successful video-assisted mediastinoscopic drainage of descending necrotizing mediastinitis.

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Division of Thoracic and Visceral Organ Surgery, Gunma University Faculty of Medicine, Gunma, Japan.


Descending necrotizing mediastinitis is an uncommon form of mediastinitis that can rapidly progress to septacemia. To date, the optimal surgical approach has remained controversial. We report a case of descending necrotizing mediastinitis that was treated successfully through a transcervical approach with video-assisted mediastinoscopy. In our case, because the abscess was separated into small compartments, especially in the paratracheal space, the abscess was drained using video-assisted mediastinoscopy. This less-invasive approach may be an option in the treatment of descending necrotizing mediastinitis, especially when the abscess in the paratracheal space is separated into small compartments.

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