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A Case of Endocarditis due to Granulicatella adiacens
Mi Ryoung Seo1, Yoon Soo Park1, Eui Joo Kim1, Heon Nam Lee1, Kyong Yong Oh1, Yiel-Hae Seo2, and Chang Hyu Choi3
Departments of 1Internal Medicine, 2Laboratory Medicine, 3Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Gachon University of Medicine and Science, Incheon, Korea
Vol.42 Num.5 (p311~314)
Granulicatella species are nutritionally variant streptococci first described in 1961. Granulicatella species form a part of the normal flora of the oral cavity, genitourinary tract, and intestinal tract. These micro-organisms cause bacteremia or local infections such as endocarditis, central nervous system infections, arthritis, and osteomyelitis. Since isolation of Granulicatella species is difficult, only a few cases of infection caused by this microorganism have been reported. Herein, we report a case of endocarditis caused by Granulicatella adiacens in a 46-year-old patient with ventricular septal defect.
Keywords : Granulicatella adiacens , Endocarditis, Nutritionally variant streptococci