The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

Clinical Records

Lemierre's – the sinister sore throat

L M Brown a1c1 and Wallwork a1
a1 Department of ENT Surgery, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia

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Lemierre's syndrome is a rare and sometimes life threatening condition that requires prompt management. A case is reported of a previously healthy young male with Lemierre's syndrome. He developed internal jugular vein and cavernous sinus thrombosis, metastatic abscesses in the temporal lobe and lungs, temporal lobe venous infarction and severe thrombocytopaenia. Discussed are aspects of clinical presentation, diagnosis and management issues.

(Published Online January 4 2007)
(Accepted August 23 2006)

Key Words: Pharyngitis; Fusobacterium Infections; Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis; Thrombophlebitis.

c1 Address for correspondence: Dr Lochlin Brown, 34 Mackay Tce, Bardon, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4065. E-mail: