An Unusual Presentation of Lemierre Syndrome


M Moini 1 , Mohammad Mahdi Sagheb 2 , * , A Attar 1 , S Sarhadi 1

1 Gastroenterohepatology Research Center,Department of Internal Medicine,Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Fars, Iran

2 Department of Internal Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, [email protected], Fars, Iran

How to Cite: Moini M, Sagheb M M, Attar A, Sarhadi S. An Unusual Presentation of Lemierre Syndrome, Iran Red Crescent Med J. Online ahead of Print ; 11(2):213-216.


Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal: 11 (2); 213-216
Article Type: Case Report
Received: August 15, 2008
Accepted: February 2, 2009


Lemierre syndrome is an entity defined by septic thrombophlebitis of the internal jugular vein following an oropharyngeal infection, which is usually acute and complicated by metastatic infection in different organs. The usual causative organism is Fusobacterium necrophorum. On looking back at the case reports of Lemierre syndrome, we have found different sites of primary infection and also different presentations depending on the primary site and the site of involvement resulting from metastatic septic embolization. However, chronic otitis media as the primary site of infection and bloody diarrhea as the presenting symptom were very rarely presented. The case presented here was referred to Faghihi hospital of our academic medical center with bloody diarrhea.  After work ups, the patient was diagnosed as a case of Lemierre syndrome on the base of chronic otitis media

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