A rare, but life-threatening sore throat: A case of Lemierre’s syndrome

Michael Trimble, Andrew McCleane, Michael Hunter, Philip C Johnston, Malloy Jonathan, Wallace Ian R

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We present the case of a previously healthy, immunocompetent male with Lemierre’s Syndrome. He presented with headache, sore throat and pyrexia. Initial blood tests revealed raised inflammatory markers and electrolyte abnormalities. Blood cultured Fusobacterium necrophorum. He developed respiratory distress and imaging confirmed lung abscess and empyema due to septic emboli. He required surgical drainage and a prolonged course of antibiotics. This case highlights the rare, but life-threatening condition of Lemierre’s Syndrome. We discuss the importance of prompt recognition and early antibiotic therapy

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-51
Number of pages5
JournalAcute Medicine Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2021


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