Native valve emphysematous endocarditis caused by finegoldia magna in a novel pathogenic role

Margot Cohen, Elizabeth H. Stephens, Michael Garshick, Shih Hsiu Wang, Shalom Z. Frager, Lauren Mautner, Fabrizio Remotti, Jai Radhakrishnan

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Abstract

Endocarditis presenting with invasion of the myocardium by gas-forming organisms is rare, previously limited to Escherichia coli and Clostridia species. We describe a case of native valve emphysematous endocarditis presenting with stroke and ultimately leading to left ventricular rupture and the patient's untimely death. Premortem blood cultures and postmortem pathologic and histologic examination yielded Finegoldia magna (formerly Peptostreptococcus magnus) in a novel pathogenic role. As detection methods continue to improve for Finegoldia magna, it is important to increase awareness of the pathogenic role of this organism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-59
Number of pages3
JournalInfectious Diseases in Clinical Practice
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Emphysematous endocarditis
  • Endocarditis
  • Finegoldia magna
  • Magnus
  • Peptostreptococcus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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