Run Time: 3 minutes
Author: Dr. Jared Scott
- A patient presented with tachycardia, hypoxia, shortness of breath, neck swelling, neck tenderness, and knee pain.
- Lemierre’s Syndrome is a thrombosis of internal jugular vein following a seemingly benign oral infection caused by Fusobacterium necrophorum.
- This thrombosis is a nidus for further infection across the body.
- Patients often do not have an oral infection upon the presentation to the ED.
- Most common complication is a septic pulmonary embolism.
- An antibiotic course is the treatment of the syndrome.
Link to Podcast: http://medicalminute.madewithopinion.com/lemierre-s/