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VOLUME 55 , ISSUE 4 ( October-December, 2021 ) > List of Articles


Lemierre's Syndrome: Not Just a Sore Throat

Mary Henry, Kanwaljit Singh, Sowjanya Potturu

Keywords : Dysphagia, Lemierre\'s syndrome, Oropharyngeal infection, Septic phlebitis, Septicemia, Thrombosis

Citation Information : Henry M, Singh K, Potturu S. Lemierre's Syndrome: Not Just a Sore Throat. J Postgrad Med Edu Res 2021; 55 (4):180-182.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10028-1447

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 29-10-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


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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