Korean J Infect Dis.  2000 Aug;32(4):344-348.

A Case of Infective Endocarditis with Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae

Affiliations
  • 1Division of Infectious Diseases and Cardiology, Samsung Medical Center Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine.
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Samsung Medical Center Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine.
  • 3Department of Thoracic Surgery, Samsung Medical Center Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine.

Abstract

Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae is an uncommon pathogen in human, which causes zoonotic infection. The most common type of human disease with E. rhusiopathiae is a localized skin infection (erysipeloed). E. rhusiopathiae endocarditis is very rare, which usually develops in normal heart valves and causes a variety of complications leading to valve replacement. We described a case of E. rhusiopathiae endocarditis which developed in a 56-year-old man without a predisposing valvular heart disease. In this case, aortic valve and mitral valve were involved and emergency valve replacement was required, which improved patient's condition markedly. Intravenous therapy with penicillin G and subsequent ceftriaxone were given for 8 weeks after surgery and he was recovered without relapse.

Keyword

Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae; Endocarditis

MeSH Terms

Aortic Valve
Ceftriaxone
Emergencies
Endocarditis*
Erysipelothrix*
Heart Valve Diseases
Heart Valves
Humans
Middle Aged
Mitral Valve
Penicillin G
Recurrence
Skin
Zoonoses
Ceftriaxone
Penicillin G
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