[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We report an unusual variant of Lemierre's Syndrome (LS) in a 10-year-old-girl admitted to the intensive care unit for septic shock with meningitis. The primary infection was otitis media. A gram negative bacillus was identified in the direct exam of the purulent ear discharge and the cerebrospinal fluid but cultures were negative. Computerized tomography of the neck revealed a thrombus in the internal jugular vein. Septic shock improved rapidly under supportive treatment. The patient recovered without sequellae after a prolonged duration of parenteral antibiotherapy and hospital stay. Neurologic variants of LS with meningitis, previously reported in the literature, are reviewed.
Fetal and pediatric pathology 04/2012; · 0.36 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We present a case of a patient with Lemierre's syndrome caused by Fusobacterium necrophorum who developed a right frontal lobe brain abscess. We summarise the epidemiology, microbiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, diagnosis, complications, therapy, and outcomes of Lemierre's syndrome. F necrophorum is most commonly associated with Lemierre's syndrome: a septic thrombophlebitis of the internal jugular vein. Patients usually present with an exudative tonsillitis, sore throat, dysphagia, and unilateral neck pain. Diagnosis of septic thrombophlebitis is best confirmed by obtaining a CT scan of the neck with contrast. Complications of the disease include bacteraemia with septic abscesses to the lungs, joints, liver, peritoneum, kidneys, and brain. Treatment should include a prolonged course of intravenous beta-lactam antibiotic plus metronidazole.
The Lancet Infectious Diseases 05/2012; 12(10):808-15. · 19.97 Impact Factor
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