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Cervical necrotising fasciitis: a rare complication of infectious mononucleosis
  1. Corina Din-Lovinescu and
  2. Howard Berg
  1. Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Corina Din-Lovinescu, corina.din.lovinescu{at}


Cervical necrotising fasciitis (NF) is an aggressive polymicrobial infection of the subcutaneous tissues in the head and neck. We present a case of a healthy 19-year-old man who developed cervical and upper mediastinal NF after an initial presentation of infectious mononucleosis (IM). He was treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics in addition to incision and drainage of an anterior neck and upper mediastinal abscess. He progressed favourably after ten days of hospitalisation and was discharged home on intravenous antibiotics. This is a unique case of cervical NF as a sequelae of IM in a previously healthy paediatric patient.

  • Ear, Nose And Throat/otolaryngology
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  • Otolaryngology / Ent

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  • Contributors CDL designed and drafted the manuscript. HB was involved in patient care and in reviewing critical portions of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained