CHESTER S. KEEFER, M.D., F.A.C.P.
An abscess of the mediastinum is a rare complication of hemolytic streptococcal infection of the throat. Recently such a case was observed and, following surgical treatment, the patient recovered completely. A summary of the case follows:
Following an acute tonsillitis and pharyngitis, a man develops painful and difficult swallowing, pain between the shoulder blades, fever, and leukocytosis. Examination showed signs of a mass in the posterior mediastinum. Abscess containing hemolytic streptococci drained. Recovery.
A man, 46 years of age, was admitted to the Boston City Hospital on account of fever and sore throat. Five weeks previously he had
KEEFER CS. AN ARTICLE CONTRIBUTED TO AN ANNIVERSARY VOLUME IN HONOR OF DOCTOR JOSEPH HERSEY PRATT: ABSCESS OF MEDIASTINUM FOLLOWING ACUTE TONSILLITIS1. Ann Intern Med. ;11:1426–1432. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-11-8-1426
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1938;11(8):1426-1432.
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