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February 5, 1982

Subacute Chlamydial Endocarditis

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology (Dr Jones) and Pathology (Dr Priest), Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, and the Department of Pathobiology, University of Washington, Seattle (Dr Kuo).

JAMA. 1982;247(5):655-658. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320300059025

Chlamydial endocarditis has been infrequently reported. A case of blood-culture—negative endocarditis is described in which there was serological evidence of a Chlamydia psittaci infection. Chlamydiae were also identified in aortic valve vegetations by electron microscopy and immunofluorescent staining. Patients with culture-negative endocarditis should be evaluated for infection with Chlamydia as well as other uncommon pathogens.

(JAMA 1982;247:655-658)