Lemierre’s syndrome: case report of "the forgotten disease" in current COVID-19 pandemic

Authors

  • F. Lima-Bernardes Orthopaedic and Traumatology Department, Centro Hospitalar do Tâmega e Sousa, Penafiel, Portugal
  • D. Soares Orthopaedic and Traumatology Department, Centro Hospitalar do Tâmega e Sousa, Penafiel, Portugal
  • T. Costa Orthopaedic and Traumatology Department, Centro Hospitalar do Tâmega e Sousa, Penafiel, Portugal
  • V. Ferreira Angiology and Vascular Surgery Department, Centro Hospitalar do Tâmega e Sousa, Penafiel, Portugal
  • J. Vasconcelos Angiology and Vascular Surgery Department, Centro Hospitalar do Tâmega e Sousa, Penafiel, Portugal
  • J. Vidoedo Angiology and Vascular Surgery Department, Centro Hospitalar do Tâmega e Sousa, Penafiel, Portugal
  • J. Almeida-Pinto Angiology and Vascular Surgery Department, Centro Hospitalar do Tâmega e Sousa, Penafiel, Portugal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.48729/pjctvs.183

Abstract

Lemierre's syndrome refers to infectious thrombophlebitis of the internal jugular vein developed as complication of an oropharyngeal infection. It is a rare syndrome, affecting otherwise healthy young adults, which may lead to sepsis complicated by septic embolization. Although there is a characteristic clinical picture, many modern physicians are unaware of this syndrome, leading it to be termed ‘the forgotten disease’. The authors report a case of late diagnosis due to initial suspicion of COVID-19 and highlight the pitfalls on its diagnosis.

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Published

03-07-2022

How to Cite

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Lima-Bernardes F, Soares D, Costa T, Ferreira V, Vasconcelos J, Vidoedo J, Almeida-Pinto J. Lemierre’s syndrome: case report of "the forgotten disease" in current COVID-19 pandemic. Rev Port Cir Cardiotorac Vasc [Internet]. 2022 Jul. 3 [cited 2022 Sep. 27];29(2):71-4. Available from: https://pjctvs.com/index.php/journal/article/view/183

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