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

Arunasalam, Shyamala*; Pickles, Robert*†

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: July 2010 - Volume 18 - Issue 4 - p 247-250
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e3181c753d1
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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.

From the *Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Royal Newcastle Centre, Newcastle; and †University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia.

Reprints: Shyamala Arunasalam, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Royal Newcastle Centre, PO Box 664J, Newcastle, NSW 2300, Australia. E-mail:;

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.