Group B streptococcus endocarditis associated with multiple pulmonary septic emboli

  • Carlos G. Teran | carlos.teran@woodhullhc.nychhc.org Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA New York University, School of Medicine, New York, NY,USA, United States.
  • Ariel O. Antezana University Hospital of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York, USA SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA, United States.
  • Jerome Salvani University Hospital of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York, USA SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA, United States.
  • Deborah Abaitey Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA New York University, School of Medicine, New York, NY,USA, United States.

Abstract

Endocarditis is a rare presentation of group B streptococcal infection. Its association with pulmonary septic embolism was only barely studied and limited data is available up to date. Multiple septic emboli is a common complication of bacterial endocarditis, but only a few cases have been documented in relation to group B streptococcus. We present the case of an 87-year-old female patient with multiple underlying conditions that predisposed the development of bacterial endocarditis secondary to group B streptococcus and subsequently multiple pulmonary septic emboli. The patient was treated with ceftriaxone and azythromycin with good response and complete recovery without any further complications. In the event of a diagnosed case of group B streptococcus endocarditis, there should be a low threshold for the suspicion of septic pulmonary emboli especially in cases with right valves involvement.

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Published
2011-04-04
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Case Reports
Keywords:
Group B streptococcus, endocarditis, septic emboli.
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Teran, C., Antezana, A., Salvani, J., & Abaitey, D. (2011). Group B streptococcus endocarditis associated with multiple pulmonary septic emboli. Clinics and Practice, 1(1), e7. https://doi.org/10.4081/cp.2011.e7