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Case Reports in Vascular Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 538439, 3 pages
Case Report

Internal Jugular Vein Thrombosis following Oropharyngeal Infection

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Akdeniz University School of Medicine, 07070 Antalya, Turkey

Received 9 May 2015; Accepted 7 September 2015

Academic Editor: Nilda Espinola-Zavaleta

Copyright © 2015 Asli Bostanci and Murat Turhan. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Internal jugular vein thrombosis (IJVT) is a rare condition which may lead to life-threatening complications such as sepsis and pulmonary embolism. Prolonged central venous catheterization, intravenous (IV) drug use, trauma, and radiotherapy are the most frequent causes of the IJVT. IJVT that develops after the oropharyngeal infection is a quite rare situation today. In this paper, a 37-year-old woman was presented; swelling occurred on her neck after acute tonsillitis and she was diagnosed with IJVT through Doppler ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging and managed without complications. Early diagnosis and conservative treatment with broad-spectrum IV antibiotics and anticoagulant agents have a critical importance for the prevention of fatal complications.