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QJM. 1996 Nov;89(11):855-8.

Native-valve endocarditis caused by Staphylococcus lugdunensis.

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Department of Medical Microbiology, John Radcliffe, Oxford Radcliffe Hospital, UK.

Abstract

Coagulase-negative staphylococci cause about 5% of native-valve endocarditis. Staphylococcus lugdunensis, a recently-described species of coagulase-negative staphylococci, has been reported to cause destructive native-valve endocarditis with a high mortality. We report four consecutive cases of definite Staphylococcus lugdunensis native-valve endocarditis by the Duke criteria over a 4-year period. All patients required urgent aortic valve replacement 1-5 days after admission, and recovered. An intriguing, aspect in the presentation of these patients was a history of vasectomy and inguinal skin breaks in the immediate period preceding the occurrence of endocarditis.

PMID:
8977965
DOI:
10.1093/qjmed/89.11.855
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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