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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 581489, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/581489
Case Report

A Case of Brucella Endocarditis in Association with Subclavian Artery Thrombosis

Dipartimento di Scienze della Promozione della Salute G. D’Alessandro, Sezione di Malattie Infettive, Università di Palermo, 90127 Palermo, Italy

Received 26 March 2012; Accepted 21 June 2012

Academic Editors: X. Vallès and W. I. van der Meijden

Copyright © 2012 Claudia Colomba et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Brucellosis is a common zoonosis, endemic in Mediterranean countries, and caused by bacteria of Brucella genus. Brucellosis is a systemic infection and the clinical presentation varies widely from asymptomatic and mild to severe disease. Cardiovascular complications are extremely rare. We present a case of arterial thrombosis in a previously healthy young patient with Brucella endocarditis. Careful attention must be paid to any sign or symptom of thrombosis in patients affected by brucellosis, regardless of the presence of endocarditis and cardiovascular risk factors.