Other Names for this Disease
- Oropharyngeal infection leading to secondary septic thrombophlebitis of the internal jugular vein
- Lemierre postanginal sepsis
- Postanginal sepsis secondary to orophyngeal infection
- Septic phlebitis of the internal jugular vein
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Most cases of internal jugular thrombophlebitis can be managed medically without the need for surgery of the infected vein. Prolonged courses of intravenous antibiotics (3 to 6 weeks) is usually required. Anticoagulants have sometimes been used, but efficacy is unconfirmed. Surgery of the internal jugular vein may be required only in the rare patient who fails to respond to antibiotic treatment alone.
Last updated: 11/12/2008
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