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Title: Corynebacterium diphtheriae-infective endocarditis in a patient with an atrial septal defect closure device.
Authors: Ng, Jacinta
Downton, Teesha
Davidson, Natalie
Marangou, James
Citation: BMJ case reports 2019-05-09; 12(5)
Abstract: An 18-year-old woman presented to our institution with fever, bilateral flank pain, headache and photophobia. She had a previous atrial septal defect (ASD) closure device inserted at the age of 9 years. Blood cultures on admission were positive for Corynebacterium diphtheriae, and transoesophageal echocardiogram (TOE) revealed an echodensity associated with the ASD closure device, most consistent with a vegetation. She was treated for infective endocarditis with 6 weeks of intravenous benzylpenicillin, and follow-up TOE showed resolution of the echodensity. To our knowledge, no cases of C. diphtheriaeendocarditis of an ASD closure device have previously been reported.
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Journal title: BMJ case reports
Publication Date: 2019-05-09
Type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1136/bcr-2019-229478
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