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Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e3181c753d1
Review Articles

Escherichia coli Endocarditis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Arunasalam, Shyamala*; Pickles, Robert*†

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Abstract

Despite the frequency of Escherichia coli bacteremia, endocarditis is a very rare event. Review of the published literature yielded 127 cases with an overall mortality rate of 52%. Cases most often occur in elderly females with the urinary tract being the common source. Early surgical consultation is advised. We report a case of 56-year-old woman with mitral valve prolapse who developed infective endocarditis requiring mitral valve replacement.

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