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Empyema and mediastinitis complicating retropharyngeal abscess.
  1. M Watanabe,
  2. Y Ohshika,
  3. T Aoki,
  4. K Takagi,
  5. S Tanaka,
  6. T Ogata
  1. Department of Surgery II, National Defense Medical College, Saitama, Japan.


    A 21 year old man with a retropharyngeal abscess complained of right sided chest pain, and chest radiography and thoracocentesis revealed an empyema. A computed tomographic scan of the chest showed a posterior mediastinal abscess communicating with the right pleural cavity. Emergency thoracotomy was performed and the mediastinal abscess and empyema were drained.

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