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January 1983

Hemophilus EndocarditisTwo Patients With Complications

Arch Intern Med. 1983;143(1):48-51. doi:10.1001/archinte.1983.00350010050010

• Two cases of Hemophilus endocarditis were diagnosed in our hospital during a six-month period. Although both patients were in good health until the onset of their endocarditis, both had brain emboli and required emergency heart-valve surgery. Falsely low incidences of this disease have been reported, since Hemophilus sp are difficult to isolate. Additionally, these organisms are consistently associated with large vegetations and have a greater than 50% incidence of embolization. It is this higher incidence of embolization that leads us to conclude that prophylactic surgery should be considered in selected patients.

(Arch Intern Med 1983;143:48-51)