A Fatal Aortic Arch Rupture Due to Descending Necrotizing Mediastinitis in a 24-year-old Woman

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Abstract

Descending necrotizing mediastinitis (DNM) is a life-threatening disease which often develops from a purulent infection of the oral cavity and is associated with high rates of mortality. Here we report the case of a young patient who died from an aortic arch rupture in context of DNM developed from an odontogenic infection caused by Prevotella buccae. Based on the current knowledge on this very rare vascular complication, we discuss factors that may have contributed to this fatal issue and future issues to optimize care provided to patients.

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