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July 19, 1958

BACTERIAL ENDOCARDITIS DUE TO PSEUDOMONAS AERUGINOSA: REPORT OF A CASE

Author Affiliations

Chicago

From the Department of Medicine and Department of Pathology, Chicago Wesley Memorial Hospital and the Department of Medicine, Northwestern University School of Medicine. Dr. McDonald is now on active duty with the U. S. Army Air Force. Dr. Knapp is now at the Veterans Administration Research Hospital.

JAMA. 1958;167(12):1490-1493. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.72990290008009c
Abstract

Bacteremia due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa was a rarity until the era of modern antibiotics. In recent years many cases of bacteremia due to this micro-organism have been reported, doubtless due to the unusual resistance of this bacterium to all of the antimicrobial agents in common use. The present case is unique in that there was marked vegetative endocarditis of the aortic valve. Our search of the literature indicates that it is the 10th case of endocarditis due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa to be reported.

The patient was a 23-year-old male narcotics addict admitted to the service of one of us (P. S. R.) in July, 1956. Since childhood he had had attacks of rheumatic fever, the exact number being uncertain. He admitted having given himself an intravenous injection of heroin two weeks prior to the time he was seen by us. When first seen by us he was complaining of pain

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