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Volume 37, Number 5, October 2004

Favorable outcome of infective endocarditis due to Streptococcus agalactiae after conservative treatment


Shen-Ching Chen, Ming-Feng Lin
Department of Medicine, Hsin-Chu Hospital, Department of Health, Hsinchu, Taiwan, ROC

Received: January 12, 2004    Revised: February 13, 2004    Accepted: February 26, 2004   

 

Corresponding author:

Dr. Ming-Feng Lin, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Internal Medicine, Hsin-Chu Hospital, Department of Health, No.25, Lane 442, Ching-Kuo Road, Sec 1, Hsinchu, Taiwan 300, ROC. E-mail: c9977@ms27.hinet.net This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 



 

Methods:

Infective endocarditis due to Streptococcus agalactiae is uncommon and carries an ominous prognosis, leading some authors to advocate early surgery. This report describes an 83-year-old woman with community-acquired infective endocarditis due to S. agalactiae. The patient, who had a history of surgery for colon cancer, presented with fever, agitation and general malaise. She achieved a favorable outcome with antibiotic treatment only. For infective endocarditis due to S. agalactiae, appropriate antimicrobial agents should be started as soon as possible, with surgery reserved for those cases of particular indication.

 



 

Key words:

Endocarditis, Streptococcus agalactiae, treatment outcome



 



 

J Microbiol Immunol Infect 2004;37:307-309.