Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology

Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology / 1996 / Article

Case Report | Open Access

Volume 7 |Article ID 761841 | https://doi.org/10.1155/1996/761841

Susan Moffatt, A Raza Ahmen, Kevin Forward, "First Reported Case of Bacterial Endocarditis Attributable to Actinomyces meyeri", Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, vol. 7, Article ID 761841, 3 pages, 1996. https://doi.org/10.1155/1996/761841

First Reported Case of Bacterial Endocarditis Attributable to Actinomyces meyeri

Received29 Mar 1995
Accepted10 Aug 1995

Abstract

A 48-year-old man presented to the Victoria General Hospital, Halifax, Nova Scotia in severe congestive heart failure. Echocardiographic studies revealed significant aortic valve insufficiency. Two anaerobic blood cultures performed two weeks apart were both positive for Actinomyces meyeri. The patient was treated with high dose intravenous penicillin. Three weeks after antibiotics were begun, he underwent aortic valve replacement. Intraoperative cultures were negative. Histopathological examination revealed findings in keeping with subacute bacterial endocarditis. The patient completed a six-week course of penicillin and was doing well three months after surgery. This is the first case of endocarditis attributable to A meyeri reported in the literature.

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