• Alternative Names

    Chest infection

    • Chest pain
    • Chills
    • Fever
    • General discomfort
    • Shortness of breath

    Signs and tests

    Some of the signs of mediastinitis in patients who have had recent surgery include:

    • Chest wall tenderness
    • Wound drainage
    • Unstable chest wall

    Tests include:

    • Chest CT scan or MRI scan
    • Chest x-ray

    Your health care provider may insert a needle into the area of inflammation and remove a sample to send for gram stain and culture to determine the type of infection.