Late prosthetic valve endocarditis due to Cardiobacterium hominis, an unusual complication

Shivaprakasha, S.; Radhakrishnan, K.; Kamath, P.; Karim, P. M. S.; Karim, Pms
January 2007
Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology;Jan2007, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p64
Academic Journal
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We report a case of prosthetic valve endocarditis caused by Cardiobacterium hominis in a patient who had undergone atrial septal defect closure and mitral valve replacement of the heart in 1978. He presented with pyrexia of unknown origin and congestive cardiac failure. Investigations revealed infective endocarditis of prosthetic valve in mitral portion. Blood culture samples grew C. hominis. The patient was empirically started on vancomycin and gentamicin intravenously and ceftriaxone was added after isolation of the organism. Though subsequent blood cultures were negative, patient remained in congestive cardiac failure and died due to complications.


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