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Cervical necrotising fasciitis with descending mediastinitis
  1. Chih-Yang Hsiao,
  2. Abel Po-Hao Huang
  1. Department of Surgery, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei City, Taiwan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Abel Po-Hao Huang, Department of Surgery, National Taiwan University Hospital, No.7, Zhongshan S. Rd., Zhongzheng District, Taipei City 100, Taiwan; how.how0622{at}

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  • Contributors CYH and APHH were responsible for the drafting of the manuscript. CYH conducted a survey and submitted the study.

  • Competing interests None.

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