- Also known as "Lemierre's disease" and "postanginal shock including sepsis" and "human necrobacillosis"
- Is a form of thrombophlebitis
- Usually caused by Fusobacterium necrophorum, and occasionally by other members of the genus Fusobacterium (F. nucleatum, F. mortiferum and F. varium etc.) or MRSA
- Usually affects young, healthy adults, most often developing after Strep Pharyngitis causing peritonsilar abscess
- Very rare, incidence rate of 0.8 cases per million in the general population
- When diagnosed, mortality is 4.6%
- Persistent sore throat, fever, and general weakness
- 2 days - 2 weeks after initial symptoms:
- Q fever
- Viral pharyngitis
- Mononucleosis-like illnesses (EBV, CMV, acute HIV)
- Peritonsillar abscess vs. Retropharyngeal abscess vs. Ludwig's angina
- Sjögren Syndrome
- Heerfordt's syndrome (small percentage of sarcoidosis)
- Streptococcal pharyngitis (Strep Throat)
- Neisseria gonorrhoeae
- Diphtheria (C. diptheriae)
- Bacterial Tracheitis
- Infectious mononucleosis (EBV)
- Patients with peritonsillar abscess have a 20% incidence of mononucleosis 
- Acute Bronchitis
- Influenza virus
- HIV (Acute Retroviral Syndrome)
- Deep neck space infection
- Peritonsillar Abscess (PTA)
- Kawasaki disease
- Penetrating injury
- Caustic ingestion
- Lemierre's syndrome
- Peritonsillar cellulitis
- Internal carotid artery aneurysm
- Oral Thrush
- Post-tonsillectomy hemorrhage
- History of oropharynx pain within last 4 wks
- Evidence of IJV thrombophlebitis/carotid sheath
- Isolation of F. necrophorum from blood
- Evidence of metastatic infection in another site (lungs)
- Antibiotics (coverage of F. necrophorum, strep, bacteroides) - Unasyn, Zosyn, or carbapenam for at least 3-4 wks
- IV Antibiotics
- Drainage of abscess
- Consider ligation of the internal jugular vein where antibiotic can not penetrate.
- No evidence for or against anticoagulation
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