A 23-year-old woman with a 1-week history of pharyngitis presents to the emergency department with neck pain, dyspnea, and fever. The patient is otherwise healthy. On examination, tenderness and swelling over the right jugular vein is noted. The oropharynx is ulcerated and erythematous. Computed tomography scan demonstrates the findings seen here.
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