Brucella endocarditis as a late onset complication of brucellosis.
Case Rep Infect Dis. 2015;2015:836826.
Andriopoulos P1, Antoniou C2, Manolakou P3, Vasilopoulos A2, Assimakopoulos G3, Tsironi M1.
1Faculty of Nursing, University of Peloponnese, Orthias Artemidos & Plataion, 23100 Sparta, Greece.
2Department of Cardiology, Sparta General Hospital, 23100 Sparta, Greece.
3Department of Internal Medicine, Sparta General Hospital, 23100 Sparta, Greece.
Brucella endocarditis (BE) is a rare but life threatening complication of brucellosis.
We present a case report of a patient with relapsing brucellosis complicated with aortic valve endocarditis. The patient underwent valve replacement and required prolonged antibiotic treatment because of rupture of the noncoronary leaflet and development of congestive heart failure.
Since the onset of endocarditis in patients with brucellosis is not known, proper follow-up is required in order to identify any late onset complications, especially in endemic areas.