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Descending necrotizing mediastinitis and mediastinal abscesses following odontogenic infection: A case report

Author(s): Sema Koç | İbrahim Aladağ | Levent Gürbüzler | Adnan Ekinci

Journal: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Investigations
ISSN 1309-8578

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 287;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Odontogenic infection | descending necrotising mediastinitis | mediastinal abscesses

Descending necrotising mediastinitis (DNM) is a typeof mediastinitis caused by head and neck infections,which spreads to the mediastinum via the cervical fascialplanes. This infection is a rarely reported but highly lethalinfection. Computed tomography was used to diagnosisthe disease and assess the efficacy of treatment. Delayin diagnosis and insufficient drainage of the mediastinumand deep neck infection are the main causes of mortalityin DNM. We report on a case that was treated successfully,even if with a long, protracted course. J Clin ExpInvest 2012; 3(2): 287-289
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