Lemierre syndrome

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[edit] Discussion of Lemierre syndrome

  • Lemierre syndrome is a rare clinical entity (fewer than 160 cases reported since it was first described in the early 1900s)
  • Syndrome consists of internal jugular vein thrombosis after a primary oropharyngeal infection with the development of distant septic emboli.
  • The lungs are most often affected; however, almost any organ may be involved.
  • Classically, Lemierre syndrome occurs in otherwise healthy adolescents and young adults.
  • The diagnosis is made with positive blood cultures, usually F. necrophorum, and appropriate imaging findings.
  • Prompt diagnosis and treatment are necessary to prevent sepsis and subsequent death.

[edit] Imaging Findings for Lemierre syndrome

  • Internal jugular vein thrombosis with multiple pulmonary septic emboli.
  • Often, imaging findings precede blood culture results.

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