Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2012; 60(05): 363-365
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1270994
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Bartonella quintana Endocarditis of the Tricuspid and Mitral Valves

A. Alozie
1  Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Rostock, Medical Faculty, University Heart Center Rostock, Rostock, Germany
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C. Yerebakan
1  Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Rostock, Medical Faculty, University Heart Center Rostock, Rostock, Germany
,
B. Westphal
1  Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Rostock, Medical Faculty, University Heart Center Rostock, Rostock, Germany
,
A. Podbielski
2  Department of Medical Microbiology, Virology & Hygiene, University Hospital Rostock, Rostock, Germany
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Publication History

01 March 2011
20 March 2011

25 March 2011

Publication Date:
09 May 2011 (online)

Abstract

Bartonella quintana is a gram-negative microorganism that can lead to culture-negative infective endocarditis (IE) in immunocompromised patients. Here, we present an exceptionally rare case of a 70-year-old male with Bartonella quintana-associated IE primarily limited to the tricuspid valve that spread to the mitral valve after tricuspid valve replacement. This was then complicated by infective spondylodiscitis of the thoracic vertebrae, ultimately resulting in death due to cardiac arrest.