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Curvularia Endocarditis: An Uncommon and Fatal Entity

Kunte, Amit S. MD, PhD; Nanda, Neha MD

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: May 2012 - Volume 20 - Issue 3 - p 199–200
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e3182294d48
Case Reports

Endovascular infection with Curvularia is a rare occurrence. Only 2 cases have been previously reported in the literature. One of the cases was fatal, and the other was cured with surgery and antifungal therapy. We describe here an elderly diabetic woman with Curvularia endocarditis of a prosthetic aortic valve. There was extensive systemic embolization including liver, spleen, and brain. Unfortunately, she succumbed to the infection despite valve replacement.

From the Section of Infectious Diseases, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

Correspondence to: Neha Nanda, MD, Section of Infectious Diseases, Yale School of Medicine, PO Box 208022, TAC S161, New Haven, CT 06520-8022. E-mail:

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

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.