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Native valve staphylococcus epidermidis endocarditis: A case report.


 Balajadia, Imelda,
 Calleja, Homobono,
 Villamor, Leah A

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Philippine Journal of Cardiology
2001 Apr-Jun
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Coagulase negative staphylococci (CNS) is the most common cause of prosthetic valve infective endocarditis. It is only recently that they have been associated with native valve infective endocarditis(IE). Among the species of CNS, Staphylococcus epidermidis is the most likely organism to cause native valve endocarditis (NVE). It is the objective of this case report to describe a patient with S. epidermidis NVE who deviated from the relatively indolent course of the disease and who developed an aortic valve abscess necessitating radical debridement and aortic valve replacement. The apparent rarity of this case is such that in most reviews valve replacement or repair were performed, among cases of CNS infective endocarditis, only in those with PVE, none were reported for those with NVE. Most of these cases respond well when managed medically. This patient was initially thought of to be responsive to medical therapy, however during the course of the hospital stay, the necessity for surgical intervention became apparent when he continued to deteriorate despite antibiotic coverage. (Author)

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