Fusobacterium necrophorum is a Gram-negative anaerobic bacterium that can lead to severe infection in young patients even without immunodeficiency. Due to the length of time for isolation and speciation of this Gram-negative bacillus (typically 5–8 days), and its potential mortality, broad-spectrum antibiotic therapy should be started without delay. With a cervical thrombosis, even on an unusual site and with a standard condition such as tonsillitis, Lemierre syndrome should be considered. We report a case of Lemierre syndrome in a previously healthy young woman.
- Ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology
- General practice / family medicine
- Infectious diseases
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Contributors SC: in charge of the patient and writing of the case report; DLP: supervision of the patient and literature review; TB: supervision of the patient and bibliography. P-AP: head of the department and made all the corrections of this case report.
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