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A Case of Lemierre's Syndrome in Intensive Care Unit

Hoi-Ping Shum, Wing-Wa Yan, Man-Yee Man, Susanna K.P. Lau

Keywords : Critical care, Fusobacterium necrophorum, Lemierre's syndrome

Citation Information : Shum H, Yan W, Man M, Lau SK. A Case of Lemierre's Syndrome in Intensive Care Unit. Indian J Crit Care Med 2018; 22 (2):122-124.

DOI: 10.4103/ijccm.IJCCM_388_17

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-12-2014

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; The Author(s).


We report a 21-year-old young male with Lemierre's syndrome presented as tonsillitis and Fusobacterium septicemia with respiratory failure and required intensive care. Lemierre's syndrome is the septic embolic complication of recent pharyngeal illness. Fusobacterium spp. accounts for the majority of cases. High index of suspicion is needed and prolonged antibiotic is advised. It is seldom seen in intensive care but should never be forgotten.

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