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April 1974

Salmonella Endocarditis: Successful Treatment in Childhood

Author Affiliations

Cape Town, South Africa
From the Paediatric Cardiology Unit, Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital (Drs. Joffe and Prosser); Cardiac Clinic, Groote Schuur Hospital (Drs. Chesler and Schrire); and the departments of medicine and paediatrics, University of Cape Town Medical School, Cape Town, South Africa.

Am J Dis Child. 1974;127(4):578-581. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110230124022

A 3-year-old boy had proved endocarditis associated with Salmonella infection. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first fully documented case report of a patient surviving in childhood from this rare and usually fatal condition. The prolonged use of appropriate antibiotics in achieving a clinical and bacteriologic cure is emphasized. Severe tricuspid regurgitation resulting from the endocarditis and a small, preexisting ventricular septal defect were demonstrated by cardiac catheterization and repaired effectively at survery.

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