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Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2002 Mar;21(3):265-8.

Endocarditis caused by Staphylococcus lugdunensis.

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Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, MO, USA.


We describe a case of native valve endocarditis caused by Staphylococcus lugdunensis, a perineal skin commensal, and review 28 other cases from the medical literature. Correctly identifying this coagulase-negative organism is critical because endocarditis is usually associated with left sided valvular disruption and life-threatening embolic complications, reminiscent of disease caused by Staphylococcus aureus. Urgent surgical intervention is necessary in most cases.

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