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Lemierre Syndrome: Two Preschool Children with Cerebral Infarcts

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Author(s): Miriam Santschi | Michèle David | Laurent Garel | Michel Vanasse | France Gauvin

Journal: Clinical Medicine : Pediatrics
ISSN 1178-220X

Volume: 1;
Start page: 13;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Lemierre’s syndrome | Cerebral infarct | Hemiparesis | Thrombosis | Pediatrics

ABSTRACT
We report two children who developed hemiparesis secondary to cerebral infarcts complicating Lemierre syndrome. The first case is a one-year-old patient who presented a left internal jugular vein thrombosis and a left carotid compression due to retropharyngeal cellulitis. The second case is a five-year-old girl who presented a left internal jugular vein and a right carotid artery thrombosis associated with an oropharyngeal cellulitis. Etiologic agents involved were Staphylococus aureus in the first case and Fusobacterium necrophorum in the second case. These cases call for vigilance among physicians for this rare syndrome, its unusual presentation and its associated severe complications.
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