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Thursday 14 December 2017

Alert medics have saved the life of a 28-year-old man at a Dublin hospital after diagnosing him with an extremely rare killer disease arising from acute tonsillitis.

Alert medics have saved the life of a 28-year-old man at a Dublin hospital after diagnosing him with an extremely rare killer disease arising from acute tonsillitis.

The medics at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital on Dublin's Adelaide Rd saved the man's life after providing the correct treatment after correctly diagnosing the man with the rare Lemierre's Syndrome.

The incidence of the syndrome - which the medics describe as a "rare, but severe life-threatening complication of acute tonsillitis" - is about one per million.

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In the current edition of the Irish Medical Journal (IMJ), medics at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital on the Adelaide Rd report that the syndrome affects otherwise healthy and young adults and diagnosis is often delayed with potentially fatal consequences".

The man presented with a three-day history of left neck swelling, pain, fever and a two-week history tonsillitis.

Medics report that before the availability of antimicrobial agents, death was common.

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