Yonago Acta Medica
Online ISSN : 1346-8049
ISSN-L : 0513-5710
Patient Report
Successful Surgical Treatment for Dysphagia Secondary to Descending Necrotizing Mediastinitis
Kazunori FujiwaraSatoshi KoyamaTakahiro FukuharaHiromi Takeuchi
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2019 Volume 62 Issue 3 Pages 253-257


Descending necrotizing mediastinitis (DNM) is a life-threatening disease with a high fatality rate that occurs as a complication of deep neck abscess. DNM complicated by severe dysphagia during the postoperative period has been previously reported, but there have been no published cases of surgical treatment for severe dysphagia secondary to DNM. A 63-year-old man was diagnosed with a deep neck abscess followed by DNM. The patient had dysphagia after incision and drainage of the abscess and drainage for DNM with video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). A comprehensive long-term physiotherapy program with a speech and language therapist did not reduce his dysphagia. Thus, the patient underwent laryngeal elevation and cricopharyngeal myotomy, which enabled oral intake. Surgery should be considered for prolonged severe restriction of laryngeal elevation and esophageal introitus opening that is unresponsive to physiotherapy with a speech and language therapist.

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