Infective endocarditis caused by Streptococcus mutans. A complication of idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis

Noah Robbins, G. Szilagyi, H. B. Tanowitz, S. Luftschein, Stephen G. Baum

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Abstract

Three patients with endocarditis caused by Streptococcus mutans were seen during a six-month period. All had clinical features of subacute bacterial endocarditis, including fever, heart murmurs, and positive blood cultures. One had underlying aortic insufficiency and two had idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis. All patients were treated with parenteral antibiotics and were cured. Streptococcus mutans is a pleomorphic, microaerophilic organism that is associated with dental caries and plaque. Differentiation of S mutans from enterococcal endocarditis is important because the former condition can be treated for a shorter period of time with penicillin alone, without the addition of aminoglycoside antibiotics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1171-1174
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Internal Medicine
Volume137
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1977

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Streptococcus mutans
Endocarditis
Pathologic Constriction
Subacute Bacterial Endocarditis
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Heart Murmurs
Dental Plaque
Dental Caries
Aminoglycosides
Penicillins
Fever
Blood Culture

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Infective endocarditis caused by Streptococcus mutans. A complication of idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis. / Robbins, Noah; Szilagyi, G.; Tanowitz, H. B.; Luftschein, S.; Baum, Stephen G.

In: Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 137, No. 9, 1977, p. 1171-1174.

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