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A Case of Acute Mediastinitis Presenting with Generalized Edema

Author(s): Suna Asilsoy | Hasan Ağın | Hurşit Apa | Ertan Kayserili | Tuğrul Özcan | İnci Karasoy | Ceyhun Dizdarer | Demet Can

Journal: Turk Toraks Dergisi
ISSN 1302-7808

Volume: 11;
Issue: 01;
Start page: 39;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Acute mediastinitis | esophageal perforation | generalized edema

Acute mediastinitis is a serious infection which occurs around the mediastinal tissues. It is a rare clinical condition. The most common causes are esophageal perforation and postoperative infection, particularly following median sternotomy. Early diagnosis is effective on mortality but because of atypical initial findings the diagnosis can be delayed. We report a 3-year-old boy admitted with generalized edema, fever and cough. His chest radiography revealed an acute mediastinal widening and computed tomographic scan showed a mediastinal abscess with pericardial and pleural effusion.
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