Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus as a Cause of Lemierre’s Syndrome

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Abstract

Lemierre’s syndrome (LS) or jugular vein suppurative thrombophlebitis is well described in literature. The organisms most often responsible are Fusobacterium necrophorum or anaerobic flora. We present a case of LS with an atypical microbiologic cause, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. We also present retrospective review of all LS cases from our institution and identified 2 additional children with LS caused by methicillin-resistant S. aureus.

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