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December 1977

Endocarditis With Myocardial Abscesses and Pericarditis in an Adult: Group B Streptococcus as a Cause

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Medicine, St Mary's Hospital (Drs Hager, Mathew, Boger, and Wallace) and Strong Memorial Hospital (Dr Speck), University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY. Dr Hager is now with the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Tucson, Ariz.

Arch Intern Med. 1977;137(12):1725-1728. doi:10.1001/archinte.1977.03630240057019

Group B β-hemolytic Streptococcus, S agalactiae, is an uncommon cause of endocarditis in adults. We present the clinical, laboratory, and postmortem findings of an adult patient with group B streptococcal endocarditis and major arterial emboli. What to our knowledge are previously unreported features are purulent pericarditis and myocardial abscesses.

Twenty-five cases of endocarditis caused by group B Streptococcus that are reported in the literature are reviewed.

(Arch Intern Med 137:1725-1728, 1977)

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