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Acute necrotizing mediastinits: a series of four patients

Author(s): Banazadeh M | Eshraghi M | Noyan Ashraf MA

Journal: Tehran University Medical Journal
ISSN 1683-1764

Volume: 68;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 487;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Mediastinitis | cervical drainage | odontogenic | infection

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