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Prosthetic heart valve endocarditis caused by Bacillus circulans

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Kate Gould


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We report a case of prosthetic valve endocarditis due to Bacillus circulans in a 56-year-old woman, pre-operative blood cultures were negative and the organism was only recovered on culture of the explanted mechanical valve. We discuss the reasons far the late clinical presentation of this ease, 15 months post valve replacement, caused by an organism which is conventionally regarded as 'early' pathogen, The patient recovered well post surgery on a 6 week course of trimethoprim and ciprofloxacin. (C) 1999 The British Infection Society.

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Author(s): Krause A, Gould FK, Forty J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Infection

Year: 1999

Volume: 39

Issue: 2

Pages: 160-162

ISSN (print): 0163-4453

ISSN (electronic): 1532-2742

Publisher: W.B. Saunders Co. Ltd.


DOI: 10.1016/S0163-4453(99)90011-7


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