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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology
Volume 22, Issue 4, Pages 147-148
Case Report

Very late-onset lead-associated endocarditis

Min-Soo Cho, Sung-Hwan Kim, Gi-Byoung Nam, Kee-Joon Choi, and You-Ho Kim

Department of Cardiology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea

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Lead-associated endocarditis is a serious complication due to device implantation. The present article reports on a case involving a 57-year-old man with microbiologically and pathologically confirmed lead-associated endocarditis caused by Staphylococcus capitis. Transesophageal echocardiography is essential for diagnosis, and treatment usually requires appropriate antibiotics and removal of the lead.