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Infective Endocarditis due to Streptococcus pneumoniae
Seung-Hee Baik, M.D., Yoon Jung Oh, M.D., Young Hwa Choi, M.D., Seung Soo Shin, M.D.Kwang Joo Park, M.D., Sung Chul Hwang, M.D., and Joo Hun Park, M.D.
Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea
Vol.38 Num.4 (p210~213)
Streptococcus pneumoniae has been a rare cause of endocarditis in the postantibiotic era. The incidence of pneumococcal endocarditis now accounts for less than 3% of all cases and most often occur in patients with risk factors, especially alcoholism. We report the case of a 68-year-old male with acute infective endocarditis due to Streptococcus pneumoniae. We stressed the low frequency of this agent as a cause of endocarditis and the atypical evolution of this case.
Keywords : Streptococcus pneumoniae, Bacterial endocarditis, Bacteremia