BRUCELLOSIS COMPLICATED BY AORTIC VALVE ENDOCARDITIS

PETER D. SKILLINGTON, DAVID C. McGIFFIN, RICHARD KEMP, J. H.N. BETT, GEOFFREY HOLT, ROSS FORGAN‐SMITH

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Abstract

A 30 year old veterinary surgeon developed a febrile illness with serological evidence of Brucellosis. He was known to have aortic valve disease and during the course of the illness, the clinical features of endocarditis became evident, with a vegetation visible echocardiographically on the aortic valve. Because of persisting fever despite appropriate antibiotic therapy, aortic valve replacement with a viable cryopreserved allograft aortic valve was undertaken. Organisms consistent with Brucella species were demonstrated in the excised vegetation. The patient received a six week course of antibiotics and his post‐operative course was uneventful.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)872-873
Number of pages2
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Medicine
Volume18
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1988
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • allograft aortic valve
  • aortic valve
  • Brucellosis
  • endocarditis

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