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Aortitis in a Child with Abiotrophia defectiva Endocarditis

Raff, Gary W. MD*; Gray, Barry M. MD; Torres, Adalberto Jr. MD; Hasselman, Ty E.

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: June 2004 - Volume 23 - Issue 6 - p 574-576
doi: 10.1097/01.inf.0000130077.41121.71
Brief Reports

Abiotrophia defectiva, one of several nutritionally variant Streptococcus species, is an uncommon but important cause of endocarditis in children. We describe an unusual case complicated by extensive aortitis with pits in the ascending aorta and the proximal aortic arch.

From the *Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; and the †Department of Pediatrics, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and The Children’s Hospital of Illinois, Peoria, IL

Accepted for publication January 23, 2004.

Address for reprints: Barry M. Gray, MD, Department of Pediatrics, 530 NE Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria IL 61637. Fax 309-655-2565; E-mail

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.