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Lemierre's syndrome: how a sore throat can end in disaster

Karkos, Petros D.a; Karkanevatos, Apostolosa; Panagea, Stavroulab; Dingle, Anna; E. Davies, Johna

European Journal of Emergency Medicine: August 2004 - Volume 11 - Issue 4 - p 228-230
doi: 10.1097/01.mej.0000127655.99754.38
Case Reports

Lemierre's syndrome is characterised by a history of recent oropharyngeal infection, clinical or radiological evidence of internal jugular vein thrombophlebitis and isolation of an anaerobic pathogen. We present a case report and review the literature.

aDepartment of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Leighton Hospital, Crewe, UK

bDepartment of Microbiology, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool, UK

Correspondence to P.D. Karkos, Specialist Registrar, Department of Otolaryngology, Countess of Chester Hospital, Liverpool Road, Chester, CH2 1UL, UK

e-mail: pkarkos@aol.com

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.