n South African Medical Journal - Case report - culture-negative endocarditis due to Bartonella quintana : in practice
|Article Title||Case report - culture-negative endocarditis due to Bartonella quintana : in practice|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 Ampath National Laboratory Services, 2 Ampath National Laboratory Services, 3 Ampath National Laboratory Services and 4 Netcare N1 City Hospital|
|Publication Date||May 2016|
|Pages||470 - 471|
Bartonella spp. was first described as a possible cause of culture-negative endocarditis in 1993, and has since emerged as a significant cause of this condition worldwide. We describe a complicated case of culture-negative endocarditis in an immune-competent male patient, which was confirmed on resected heart valves to have been caused by Bartonella quintana by broad-range 16S ribosomal RNA polymerase chain reaction. The objective of this report is to highlight the clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic challenges of Bartonella endocarditis.
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