Lemierre\'s Syndrome: Not Just a Sore Throat

JOURNAL TITLE: Journal of Postgraduate Medicine, Education and Research

Author
1. Mary Henry
2. Sowjanya Potturu
3. Kanwaljit Singh
ISSN
2277-8969
DOI
10.5005/jp-journals-10028-1447
Volume
55
Issue
4
Publishing Year
2021
Pages
3
Author Affiliations
    1. Department of Ophthalmology, Russell Hall Hospital, Dudley, West Midlands, UK
    1. Department of Healthcare for Older People, Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, UK
    1. Department of Healthcare for Older People, Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, UK
  • Article keywords
    Dysphagia, Lemierre\'s syndrome, Oropharyngeal infection, Septic phlebitis, Septicemia, Thrombosis

    Abstract

    Lemierre\'s syndrome is a rare condition, sharing a symptom spectrum with some other viral diseases which can sometimes mask the diagnosis of the syndrome. It is important to keep a low threshold of the possibility of the syndrome, especially in someone who develops features of systemic upset after a sore throat. If undiagnosed and left untreated the syndrome can be fatal and can have severe multiorgan complications requiring various forms of medical and surgical interventions. We present the case of Lemierre\'s syndrome in a 32-year-old man who was successfully treated during an inpatient stay involving intensive care unit, followed by a community-based course of antimicrobial therapy for several weeks.

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