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A Case of Infective Endocarditis due to Staphylococcus lugdunensis
Seong-Ho Choi, M.D.1, Hyun-Gu Park, M.D.1, Seung Woon Byun, M.D.1, Dong Hoe Koo, M.D.1, Ho Suk Kang, M.D.1Hang Jae Jang, M.D.1, Yang Soo Kim, M.D.1, Jun Hee Woo, M.D.1, Young Hwue Kim, M.D.2 and Sang-Ho Choi, M.D.1
Departments of Internal Medicine1 and Pediatrics2, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Vol.38 Num.5 (p277~281)
Staphylococcus lugdunensis is a coagulase-negative staphylococcus (CNS) that is commonly found on the human perineal skin. Contrary to other CNS, S. lugdunensis is a rare contaminant in cultures and has the potential to cause clinically significant infections, including infective endocarditis. Infective endocarditis due to S. lugdunensis have been known to resemble endocarditis due to S. aureus because of its aggressive clinical course and high mortality. We report a case of infective endocarditis caused by S. lugdunensis in a 21-year-old woman. She was cured of the infection with surgical and antibiotic therapy.
Keywords : Staphylococcus lugdunensis, Endocarditis, Coagulase-negative staphylococci