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Scand J Infect Dis. 1997;29(3):308-9.

Fatal Listeria meningitis, endocarditis and pericarditis in a patient with haemochromatosis.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital Universitari de Tarragona JOAN XXIII, Spain.


A 65-year-old man with primary haemochromatosis was admitted because of fever and confusion. He was found to have bacteraemia and meningitis due to Listeria monocytogenes. Treatment with ampicillin plus tobramycin was instituted, and despite an initial improvement, the patient experienced an unfavourable course and died. At postmortem examination, tricuspid valve endocarditis and purulent pericarditis with tamponade were detected. Listeria monocytogenes grew in the culture of the pericardial fluid. Documentation of Listeria monocytogenes pericarditis is extremely rare, and data on the patient described and on seven published cases are reported.

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