Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Home Health This college rower thought she had a tosillitis but died of a...

This college rower thought she had a tosillitis but died of a deadly bacterial infection

It is always important to have medical symptoms checked by a doctor, even if you assume that they are relatively harmless. Samantha Scott, a 23-year-old college rower, recently lost her life after removing pain and swelling of the neck as tonsillitis – when in fact it was an extremely rare bacterial infection.

Advertising – Read below

According to Fox 31 Denver, the Kansas State University student fell ill two weeks before her death. She wiped her symptoms away, thinking it was no big deal. When she finally made it to the hospital, the doctors diagnosed her with Lemierre syndrome. Unfortunately, it was too late to save her life and she died on Saturday.

"Samantha was a great leader for our program and, above all, a great person," her rowing trainer Patrick Sweeney said in a statement from Kansas State University. "She was so popular with all her teammates and has influenced our program both on and off the water so much."

What is Lemierre syndrome?

According to the National Institutes of Health, Lemierre syndrome is a rare and life-threatening infection caused by various bacterial species, but typically Fusobacterium necrophorum. The infection begins in the throat and spreads through the lymphatic vessels. Unfortunately, it is not understood why the disease develops because Fusobacterium necrophorum is often present in the throats of healthy humans.

What are the most common symptoms of Lemierre syndrome?

Common symptoms include sore throat and fever, followed by swelling of the internal carotid artery. Tissues containing pus can spread to various organs, usually the lungs. However, other affected areas may be joints, muscles, skin and soft tissue, liver and spleen.

How is Lemierre syndrome treated?

The disease is usually treated with intravenous antibiotics. If a patient does not respond, internal jugular vein surgery may be required.

Lemierre's syndrome forecast

The mortality rate is only five to ten percent due to advances in antibiotic therapy. However, if the condition is not diagnosed in time, the result will be significantly worse. Possible complications may include bone infections, meningitis and acute respiratory distress syndrome.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Must Read

Similar to the Bitcoin: Facebook wants to establish a digital world currency

Mark Zuckerberg wants to change the financial world: Facebook invented a new global currency. The digital money with the name Libra is similar to...

Premier League TV fixtures 2019/20: Dates, teams, Sky Sports, BT Sports, Amazon Prime coverage, online live stream, highlights

The 2019/20 season season is already approaching, with fixtures confirmed for the upcoming year of sporting drama. Manchester City wants to be hoping to record...

Let's Break Down The Steamy, Action-packed The Bachelorette Trailer

Sometimes, the best part of the Bachelor franchise is the promo. The one that we were blessed with at the end of Monday's episode...