Infective Endocarditis, Heart and Beyond

Sohail Iqbal, Rana Tahseen Ahmad, Nouman Zahoor Ahmed, Mureed Hussain, Aftab Khan, Muhammad Zubair Hanif, Zulfiqar Ali

Abstract


Infective endocarditis has been a constant menace in human history with its debilitating consequences. The predisposing factors such as dental plaques/procedures and compromised valvular heart lesions contribute greatly in disease occurrence. Human commensals have been a source of infection. It manifests as combination of clinical sign and symptoms and mainly relies on echocardiographic findings and blood culture results. Trans-oesophageal echocardiography is superior in depicting vegetations on cardiac structures. We present three cases in two Manchester hospitals over a short span of time caused by Streptococci gordonii, agalactiae and Staphylococcus aureus.




J Med Cases. 2014;5(6):366-368
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14740/jmc1699w

Keywords


Infective endocarditis; Blood cultures; Echocardiography

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