Journal article

Severe case of Lemierre syndrome with multiple neurological and ophthalmological sequelae

Alice Liu, Jemma Taylor, Monica Slavin, Steven Tong

BMJ CASE REPORTS | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2021

Abstract

A 56-year-old man was admitted to intensive care with septic shock, multiple facial abscesses and thrombophlebitis of the right internal jugular vein with extensive intracranial extension. A diagnosis of Lemierre syndrome due to Streptococcus anginosus was made and treatment initiated with high-dose ceftriaxone and metronidazole, along with surgical debridement. His admission was complicated by raised intraocular pressures and visual loss requiring bilateral canthotomies. Despite therapeutic anticoagulation with enoxaparin, he also developed an ischaemic basal ganglia infarct. After a prolonged and complex hospital stay, the patient was later readmitted with an intracerebral abscess requirin..

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