Lemierre Syndrome Complicating Pharyngotonsilitis in a Young Male: A Case Report

Segun Patrick Adeoye, Sherly Abraham, Irina Erlikh, Idelka Rodriguez-Rosari, Jean Toussaint, Sylvester Sarfraz, Tomas Borda


Lemierre syndrome is a very rare complication of head and neck infections. We present a case report on a healthy young male who developed unremitting fever, marked leucocytosis, multiple pulmonary consolidation, and internal jugular vein thrombosis in the setting of a pharyngotonsilitis. The atypicality of the presentation is emphasized, diagnostic and therapeutic considerations and complications are discussed. This report makes the case for entertaining a diagnosis of Lemierre’ syndrome complicating antecedent head and neck space infection especially when presentation is atypical or response to conventional care is suboptimal.

doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4021/jmc1448w


Lemierre’ syndrome; Pharyngotonsilitis; Internal jugular vein thrombosis

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