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Open Forum Infect Dis. 2014 Aug 19;1(2):ofu057. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofu057. eCollection 2014 Sep.

Fatal acanthamoeba encephalitis in a patient with a total artificial heart (syncardia) device.

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1
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine , Stanford University School of Medicine.
2
Department of Neurology & Neurological Sciences , Stanford University School of Medicine.
3
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery , Stanford University School of Medicine.
4
Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine , Stanford University School of Medicine , California.

Abstract

Acanthamoeba encephalitis is an uncommon but often fatal infection complication. Here we report the first case of Acanthamoeba encephalitis in a patient with a Total Artificial Heart device.

KEYWORDS:

Acanthamoeba; encephalitis; heart failure; total artificial heart

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