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[Brucella endocarditis of native valves. Report of 3 cases].

Authors
  • Lahdhili, H
  • Ziadi, M
  • Abdelmoulah, S
  • Bey, M
  • Ben Youssef, A
  • Chenik, S
  • Chemingui, M
  • Mestiri, T
  • Chaouch, H
  • Thameur, H
Type
Published Article
Journal
La Tunisie médicale
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2001
Volume
79
Issue
10
Pages
540–543
Identifiers
PMID: 11910696
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Brucella endocarditis is a rare but a serious complication of human brucellosis. We report 3 cases, the diagnostic was suspected by the patient's history of systemic brucellosis in two cases and established by the culture of native valve material in the third. All the patients underwent surgery for non control of the infections, one patient died in immediately postoperative period by acute cardiac failure. For the other patients, there were no early or late mortality and no recurrence after a follow up of respectively 6 and 84 months. The diagnostic of brucella endocarditis needed a very high degree of clinical suspicion, it requires an early management valve replacement is in the majority of cases, followed by adequate and prolonged antibiotic treatment.

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