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August 1975

Mediastinitis in a Child Caused by Perforation of Pharynx

Author Affiliations

From the departments of pediatrics, Edgewater Hospital (Ms. North and Dr. Emanuel) and Children's Memorial Hospital (Dr. Emanuel), Chicago.

Am J Dis Child. 1975;129(8):962-963. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1975.02120450068016

• Mediastinitis in infants and children secondary to trauma is rarely reported as evidenced by a literature search. A case of mediastinitis occurred following perforation of the pharynx by a pencil. In neonates, traumatic perforation may mimic esophageal atresia. In older children with a history of trauma to the mouth or pharynx by a sharp object, the possibility of secondary mediastinitis exists.

(Am J Dis Child 129:962-963, 1975)

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