| Home | E-Submission | Sitemap | Contact Us |  
J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 21(6); 2010 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2010;21(6): 901-905.
A Case of Lemierre Syndrome as a Cause of Revisiting the Emergency Department
Tae Kyung Kang
Emergency Medical Policy Dept, National Medical Center, Korea. emmania@paran.com
Lemierre syndrome is a rare, but potentially life-threatening complication of oropharyngeal infection. This syndrome is characterized by oropharyngeal infection leading to internal jugular vein thrombosis and multiple pulmonary septic emboli. It is commonly caused by an anaerobic pathogen such as Fusobacterium necrophorum. Early diagnosis and appropriate antibiotic treatment make a world of difference in preventing fatal outcomes. Here we present the case of a 25-year-old man with acute tonsillitis that was complicated with Lemierre syndrome. Emergency physicians should consider the possibility of Lemierre syndrome in young patients with initial oropharyngeal infection with neck swelling and pulmonary symptoms.
Key words: Lemierre syndrome, Thrombophlebitis, Tonsillitis
Editorial Office
The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine
TEL: +82-62-226-1780   FAX: +82-62-224-3501   E-mail: dlskdud416@naver.com
About |  Browse Articles |  Current Issue |  For Authors and Reviewers
Copyright © The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine.                 Developed in M2PI