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Classification for Postoperative Mediastinitis

Purpose:

To classify a patient with mediastinitis following cardiopulmonary bypass using the scheme of El Oakley and Wright.

Specialty:

Infectious Diseases

Objective:

criteria for diagnosis, complications, failure handling and therapy escalation, surgery

ICD-10:

J98.5, T82.7

Description:

El Oakley and Wright developed a classification for mediastinitis that occurred in patients following cardiopulmonary bypass surgery. This is a serious infection that can be hard to treat and which can be life threatening. The authors are from the Royal Brompton and London Chest Hospitals.

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