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
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.
Endocarditis, Streptococcus agalactiae, treatment outcome
J Microbiol Immunol Infect 2004;37:307-309.