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Gen Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Jan;56(1):25-7. doi: 10.1007/s11748-007-0182-y. Epub 2008 Jan 22.

Descending necrotizing mediastinitis secondary to retropharyngeal abscess without cervical spread.

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Department of General Surgery, Saitama Medical Center, Jichi Medical University, Saitama, Japan. tcvshun@jichi.ac.jp

Abstract

Cervical infections can cause neck phlegmonosa and occasionally develop lethal mediastinitis. We report a 52-year-old man with a retropharyngeal abscess causing descending mediastinis without cervical spread. Thoracoscopic drainage without cervicotomy was successful. Deep neck infections causing a descending mediastinitis should be considered in patients even without an abnormal neck appearance.

PMID:
18213468
DOI:
10.1007/s11748-007-0182-y
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