Fungal infections of the mediastinum are rare. There are five forms to be differentiated: (i) hematogenous fungal infection of the mediastinum after fungemia; (ii) postoperative fungal infection after cardiosurgical sternotomy; (iii) as special form of a descending necrotizing fasciitis; (iv) infection of the mediastinum per continuitatem; (v) fungal infection of the posterior mediastinum after esophageal perforation. In the surgical department, University of Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck, five patients with a fungal mediastinitis were treated during a period of 10 years. Three patients suffered from a descending mediastinitis, one patient from a fungal infection after pseudarthrosis of the sternum (postoperatively after cardiosurgery). The section results of one other patient with pulmonary aspergillosis showed a complete invasion of the mediastinum by Aspergillus jumigatus.
|Translated title of the contribution||Fungi in the mediastinum: Rare, but relevant|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
Research Areas and Centers
- Research Area: Luebeck Integrated Oncology Network (LION)