Multiple mediastinal abscesses in an infant: Case report

Ölmez D., Babayiǧit A., UZUNER N., Kavas N., KARAMAN Ö., Çakmakçi H.

Turkiye Klinikleri Pediatri, vol.19, no.1, pp.58-61, 2010 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Journal Name: Turkiye Klinikleri Pediatri
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.58-61
  • Keywords: Abscess, Infant, Mediastinitis, Therapy
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Descending necrotizing mediastinitis and mediastinal abscess are acute, serious, septic diseases which can result from a complication of oropharyngeal infection. They are relatively rare conditions caused by downwards pread of neck infections into the mediastinum. The infectious spreading follows known anatomical tracts, leading to the invasion of definite mediastinal spaces. Both of the diseases require a prompt diagnosis, mediastinal drainage and in some cases radical surgical treatment. Delay of diagnosis and insufficient drainage always result in high mortality. The reason for publishing this report is both the fact that descending necrotizing mediastinitis and mediastinal abscesses are very rare especially in childhood and emphasized that repeated drainages combined with antibiotherapy are the optimal approach to treating these diseases. Copyright © 2010 by Türkiye Klinikleri.