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August 1947

TRAUMATIC DISSECTION OF THE ESOPHAGUS; MEDIASTINITIS WITH RECOVERY

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HARTFORD, CONN.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1947;46(2):237-239. doi:10.1001/archotol.1947.00690020246011

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Abstract

THE TREATMENT of injuries and infections of the mediastinum always presents a difficult problem. Before the advent of sulfonamide compounds and antibiotic drugs the mortality rate was high, but since the use of these therapeutic aids has become standard treatment in infections the rate has decreased remarkably. Even with these helps and with the advances that have been made in thoracic surgery such injuries and infections still at times present serious problems, and prognosis is always guarded. A case of an unusual type of mediastinal injury with subsequent infection is reported here, which demonstrates the value of sulfonamide compounds and penicillin in treatment.

REPORT OF A CASE  H. G., a 9 year old girl, was admitted to the Accident Room of the Hartford Hospital on the evening of Aug. 7, 1945 with a history of having been knocked from her bicycle by an automobile. At the time of admission she

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