Q Fever Endocarditis in the Unites States

Gami, Apoor S.; Antonios, Vera S.; Thompson, Rodney L.; Chaliki, Hari P.; Ammash, Naser M.
February 2004
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Feb2004, Vol. 79 Issue 2, p253
Academic Journal
Infections due to Coxiella burnetii, the causative organism of Q fever, are extremely rare in North America. Endocarditis due to the organism has an unusual presentation and poses echocardiographic and laboratory challenges in establishing a diagnosis. We describe the presentation and clinical course of a 40-year-old American man with Q fever endocarditis and briefly discuss the salient issues regarding this entity.


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