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Staphylococcus schleiferi Native Valve Endocarditis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Mihu, Mircea Radu MD; Mihu, Ramona MD; Daniel, Imola MD; Deliana, Danila MD; Yarrish, Robert MD; Jesmajian, Stephen MD

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: March 2012 - Volume 20 - Issue 2 - p 112–114
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e31822e9a57
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Staphylococcus schleiferi is a recently described organism that infrequently causes disease in humans. To date, infections have included endocarditis in patients with prosthetic valves, pacemaker leads, or suppressed immunity. We present a case of an immunocompetent patient with native valve S. schleiferi subspecies coagulans endocarditis complicated by vertebral osteomyelitis. This case is of special interest both because of the rarity of the infectious agent and because of the paucity of associated clinical signs and symptoms.

From the Department of Medicine, Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester, New Rochelle, NY.

Correspondence to: Mircea Radu Mihu, MD, Department of Medicine, Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester, 16 Guion Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801. E-mail:

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

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.