July 1982

Endocarditis During Staphylococcus aureus Septicemia in a Population of Non-Drug Addicts

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University Medical Center, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Arch Intern Med. 1982;142(7):1311-1313. doi:10.1001/archinte.1982.00340200071017

• We examined 76 patients suffering from Staphylococcus aureus septicemia, from 1976 to 1979, none of whom were drug addicts. In contrast to other studies, we found a significant incidence of S aureus endocarditis in patients with a demonstrable portal of entry, a relatively high incidence of metastatic foci in patients without endocarditis, and endocarditis possibly as frequent in patients with hospital-acquired infection as in those with community-acquired infection. These findings suggest caution in determining the length of therapy for S aureus septicemia based on clinical grounds alone.

(Arch Intern Med 1982;142:1311-1313)