Lemierre's syndrome presenting as multiple lung abscesses

Dorith Shaham*, Miriam Sklair-Levy, Gerald Weinberger, John M. Gomori

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Lemierre's syndrome is thrombophlebitis of the internal jugular vein (IJV), complicating an oropharingeal infection. The causative organism is Fusobacterium, an anaerobic bacillus, and the syndrome typically occurs in previously healthy teenagers and young adults. Thromboembolic metastases are a common sequela, and the lungs are most frequently affected. We present a case of a 25-year-old woman, who presented with multiple lung abscesses, in whom IJV thrombophlebitis was subsequently noted.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)197-199
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Imaging
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Cavitary lung nodules
  • Internal jugular vein
  • Lemierre's syndrome
  • Lung abscesses
  • Thrombophlebitis


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