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Lemierre Syndrome Causing Bilateral Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis

Miller, Brooke MD; Khalifa, Yousuf MD; Feldon, Steven E. MD, MBA; Friedman, Deborah I. MD, MPH

doi: 10.1097/WNO.0b013e31825e42ae
Clinical Observation

Abstract: Lemierre syndrome is an uncommon septic thrombophlebitis of the veins of the head and the neck usually occurring after a severe oropharyngeal infection. Although subsequent septic emboli most commonly affect distant sites, such as the lungs and joints, the authors present a case of Lemierre syndrome causing bilateral cavernous sinus syndrome.

Flaum Eye Institute (BM, YK, SEF, DIF), University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York.

Address correspondence to Deborah I. Friedman, MD, MPH, Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75390; E-mail:

Supported by a Research to Prevent Blindness Unrestricted Grant to Department of Ophthalmology, University of Rochester.

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.