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Coagulase-negative staphylococci cause about 5% of native-valve endocarditis. Staphylococcus lugdunensis, a recently-described species of coagulase-negative staphylococci, has been reported to cause destructive native-valve endocarditis with a high mortality. We report four consecutive cases of definite Staphylococcus lugdunensis native-valve endocarditis by the Duke criteria over a 4-year period. All patients required urgent aortic valve replacement 1-5 days after admission, and recovered. An intriguing, aspect in the presentation of these patients was a history of vasectomy and inguinal skin breaks in the immediate period preceding the occurrence of endocarditis.

Original publication

DOI

10.1093/qjmed/89.11.855

Type

Journal article

Journal

QJM

Publication Date

11/1996

Volume

89

Pages

855 - 858

Keywords

Adult, Aortic Valve, Endocarditis, Bacterial, Female, Heart Valve Prosthesis, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Postoperative Complications, Staphylococcal Infections, Staphylococcus, Vasectomy