Descending necrotizing mediastinitis: An analysis of the effects of serial surgical debridement on patient mortality.

@article{Freeman2000DescendingNM,
  title={Descending necrotizing mediastinitis: An analysis of the effects of serial surgical debridement on patient mortality.},
  author={Richard K Freeman and Eric Valli{\`e}res and Edward Donald Verrier and Riyad Karmy-Jones and Douglas E. Wood},
  journal={The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery},
  year={2000},
  volume={119 2},
  pages={260-7}
}
OBJECTIVES Descending necrotizing mediastinitis is a polymicrobial infection originating in the oropharynx with previously reported mortality rates of 25% to 40%. This investigation reviews the effects of serial surgical drainage and debridement on the survival of patients with descending necrotizing mediastinitis. METHODS A retrospective review of patients from 1980 through 1998 with a diagnosis of descending necrotizing mediastinitis was performed. Their records were abstracted for personal… CONTINUE READING
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