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BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 21 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5920

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  1. Seleena Farook, specialist registrar,
  2. Chinari Subudhi, consultant microbiologist,
  3. Akheel Syed, consultant physician
  1. 1Department of Endocrinology, Christie Hospital, Manchester M20 4BX, UK
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A 62 year old woman presented with fever, sore throat, and painful swelling along the left sternomastoid muscle. Blood cultures consistently isolated group …

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