Polymicrobial infective endocarditis caused by Neisseria sicca and Haemophilus parainfluenzae.
Infective endocarditis is a common clinical problem in industrialized countries. Risk factors include abnormal cardiac valves, a history of endocarditis, intracardiac devices, prosthetic valves and intravenous drug use. We report a case of polymicrobial infective endocarditis in a 33 year-old female with a history chronic heroin use caused by Neisseria sicca and Haemophilus parainfluenzae. We believe the patient was exposed to these microbes by cleansing her skin with saliva prior to injection. Pairing a detailed history with the consideration of atypical agents is crucial in the proper diagnosis and management of endocarditis in patients with high-risk injection behaviors.
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Koshkelashvili, N., Shah, M., Codolosa, J. N., & Climaco, A. (2015). Polymicrobial infective endocarditis caused by Neisseria sicca and Haemophilus parainfluenzae. IDCases, 4, 3–5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.idcr.2015.11.002
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