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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2007, Article ID 68084, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2007/68084
Case Report

Lemierre's Syndrome Complicating Pregnancy

1Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical College of Georgia, 1120 15th Street, Suite BB7513, Augusta, GA 30912, USA
2Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Georgia, 1120 15th Street, BIW 6033, Augusta, GA 30912, USA

Received 23 April 2007; Accepted 8 May 2007

Copyright © 2007 M. Thompson et al. 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.

Abstract

Lemierre's syndrome is an anaerobic suppurative thrombophlebitis involving the internal jugular vein secondary to oropharyngeal infection. There is only one previous case report in pregnancy which was complicated by premature delivery of an infant that suffered significant neurological damage. We present an atypical case diagnosed in the second trimester with a live birth at term. By reporting this case, we hope to increase the awareness of obstetricians to the possibility of Lemierre's syndrome when patients present with signs of unabating oropharyngeal infection and pulmonary symptoms.