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J Infect. 2005 Jan;50(1):81-3.

Prosthetic valve endocarditis caused by Veillonella parvula.

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  • 1Department of Microbiology, University Hospital, Wilton Road, Cork, Ireland.


Veillonella species is a rare cause of endocarditis. We report a case of a 49-year-old man with Veillonella parvula prosthetic valve endocarditis who presented with acute cardiac failure due to valvular dehiscence. His clinical course was complicated by cortical blindness and limb paresis as a result of cerebral embolism. The endocarditis was successfully treated with urgent valve replacement surgery and a prolonged course of metronidazole.

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