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Dr. Ira Katz
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Mediastinitis (Overview)

Mediastinitis can refer to 2 things. After heart surgery if an infection develops in the chest incision site which progresses deep to the bone and into the area below the bone we call this mediastinitis. This is a terrible complication but fortunately happens very rarely. Mediastinitis can also refer to chronic inflammation in the mediastinum (the area in the chest between the lungs.


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What are the symptoms of fibrosing mediastinitis (fm)?

What are the symptoms of fibrosing mediastinitis (fm)?

Several or none: Early stages may have no symptoms at all. As the fibrosis progresses, symptoms develop based on the structure involved. More commonly the superior vena cava is compressed and can lead to engorged neck veins, head and/or arm swelling and headaches. If the trachea or main bronchi are compressed there may be difficulty breathing. If the esophagus is compressed, then there is difficulty swallowing. ...Read more

Dr. Ira Katz
11 doctors shared insights

Mediastinitis (Overview)

Mediastinitis can refer to 2 things. After heart surgery if an infection develops in the chest incision site which progresses deep to the bone and into the area below the bone we call this mediastinitis. This is a terrible complication but fortunately happens very rarely. Mediastinitis can also refer to chronic inflammation in the mediastinum (the area in the chest between the lungs.


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What is the treatment for mediastinitis?

What is the treatment for mediastinitis?

Antibiotics & drain: Usually requires a combination of surgery to drain the infection, and reapir the primary cause in association with antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are the major risks of mediastinitis?

I'm guessing postop?: If you are referring to post-op mediastinitis after sternotomy the most significant risk factors are obesity, female sex, diabetics. ...Read more

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How do you contract mediastinitis?

After surgery: Most commonly after sternotomy and heart surgery, but it can happen after other operations, after instrumentation, such as esophagoscopy, and ocassionally after foreign body perforation of esophagus, or spontaneously. ...Read more

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Fibrosing mediastinitis: what happens?

Fibrosing mediastinitis: what happens?

Scar tissue develops: It is a rare disorder. Scar tissue builds up and deforms organs in the mediastinum. Most commonly the trachea or superior vena cava are effected. ...Read more

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How to contract fibrosing mediastinitis?

Histoplasmosis : There are two main types of fibrosing mediastinitis. Most common is the late manifestations of a histoplasmosis infection. The other is idiopathic, which basically means, we don't know. ...Read more

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What are the major risks of mediastinitis?

I'm guessing postop?: If you are referring to post-op mediastinitis after sternotomy the most significant risk factors are obesity, female sex, diabetics. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of fibrosing mediastinitis (fm)?

Several or none: Early stages may have no symptoms at all. As the fibrosis progresses, symptoms develop based on the structure involved. More commonly the superior vena cava is compressed and can lead to engorged neck veins, head and/or arm swelling and headaches. If the trachea or main bronchi are compressed there may be difficulty breathing. If the esophagus is compressed, then there is difficulty swallowing. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: mediastinitis?

What is the definition or description of: mediastinitis?

Two things: Mediastinitis can refer to 2 things. After heart surgery if an infection develops in the chest incision site which progresses deep to the bone and into the area below the bone we call this mediastinitis. This is a terrible complication but fortunately happens very rarely. Mediastinitis can also refer to chronic inflammation in the mediastinum (the area in the chest between the lungs. ...Read more

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