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Pediatr Pulmonol. 2007 Apr;42(4):389-92.

Outcome of pulmonary function in Lemierre's disease-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome.

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  • 1University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA.


Pulmonary function in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) survivors typically returns to normal with the exception of a persistent reduction in carbon monoxide diffusion capacity (DL(co)). Septic thrombophlebitis of the internal jugular vein, (Lemierre's syndrome or postanginal sepsis) is a well-described, albeit uncommon cause of ARDS in which metastatic pulmonary thromboemboli precipitate respiratory failure requiring ventilatory support. We describe convalescent pulmonary function in two survivors of Lemierre's disease-associated ARDS, suggesting that the subset of Lemierre's syndrome induced ARDS survivors have an excellent long-term pulmonary prognosis.

(c) 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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