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Lemierre’s syndrome: case of a patient with pulmonary embolism and cavernous sinus thrombosis complicating a septic internal jugular vein thrombus


1,Department of Vascular Surgery Surgical Clinics Maribor University Clinical Center Maribor

DOI: 10.22514/SV72.102012.12 Vol.7,Issue 2,October 2012 pp.60-62

Published: 29 October 2012

*Corresponding Author(s): VOJKO FLIS E-mail:


Lemierre’s syndrome is a complex and unusual clinical entity, characterized by septic thrombophlebitis of the internal jugular vein. We present the case of a patient with Lemierre’s syndrome, pulmonary embolism and propagation of an internal jugular vein thrombus retrograde to the cavernous sinus. The patient was treated with antibiotics and heparin. The importance of rapid diagnosis of the extent of the disease, in directing the otherwise somewhat controversial treatment with heparin in patients with Lemierre’s syndrome, is stressed. 


Lemierre’s syndrome, internal jugular vein, septic venous thrombosis, anticoagulation trea-tment

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VOJKO FLIS,NINA KOBILICA,ANDREJ BERGAUER. Lemierre’s syndrome: case of a patient with pulmonary embolism and cavernous sinus thrombosis complicating a septic internal jugular vein thrombus. Signa Vitae. 2012. 7(2);60-62.


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