Journal of Otology & RhinologyISSN: 2324-8785

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Case Report, J Otol Rhinol Vol: 3 Issue: 2

Lemierre Syndrome in a Healthy Patient: A Late Complication of Tonsillectomy?

Annietta Gay and Lluís Nisa*
1Department of Otorhinolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, Geneva University Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland
Corresponding author : Lluís Nisa
Department of Otorhinolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, Geneva University Hospitals, Rue Gabrielle-Gentil-Perret 4, 1121- Geneva- 14. Switzerland
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Received: December 15, 2013 Accepted: March 03, 2014 Published: March 10, 2014
Citation: Gay A, Nisa L (2014) Lemierre Syndrome in a Healthy Patient: A Late Complication of Tonsillectomy?. J Otol Rhinol 3:2. doi:10.4172/2324-8785.1000151

Abstract

Lemierre Syndrome in a Healthy Patient: A Late Complication of Tonsillectomy?

We present the case of an 18-year-old patient who developed bronchopneumonia shortly after tonsillectomy, for which she received a course of intervenous antibiotics. Almost two months after surgery she developed Lemierre syndrome (thrombophlebitis of the internal jugular vein and septic emboli of the lung). This complication of tonsillectomy seems to be rare, but should be considered in the differential diagnosis of the patient with respiratory infection in the post-tonsillectomy setting.

Keywords: Lemierre syndrome; Tonsillectomy; Postoperative complications

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