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Infective endocarditis with Abiotrophia defectiva: the first Australian experience

Critical Care and Resuscitation
Volume 10 Issue 1 (2008 Mar)

Abstract: A 40 year old Indigenous woman with a history of mitral valve replacement was admitted to the Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory, for an elective cone biopsy of the cervix. During the admission, she had recurrent fever and joint pain of the left knee. Blood was cultured, and she was treated with broad spectrum antibiotics. Abiotrophia defectiva was identified from the culture, and a transoesophageal echocardiogram revealed endocarditis of the mitral valve prosthesis. A review of the English language literature suggests that this is the first reported case of Abiotrophia endocarditis in Australia, and the third reported case of prosthetic valve endocarditis caused by this species worldwide. (author abstract)

To cite this article: Stephens, DP and Van Assche, AF. Infective endocarditis with Abiotrophia defectiva: the first Australian experience [online]. Critical Care and Resuscitation, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2008 Mar: 53-4. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=514966094467028;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1441-2772. [cited 30 Sep 16].

Personal Author: Stephens, DP; Van Assche, AF; Source: Critical Care and Resuscitation, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2008 Mar: 53-4 Document Type: Journal Article, Report ISSN: 1441-2772 Subject: Heart valve prosthesis; Aboriginal Australians; Surgery--Complications; Streptococcaceae;

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