An Unusual Presentation of Endocarditis Caused by Staphylococcus warneri
Ganesh D Kini1, *, Ketan Patel1, Addison R Parris2, Jane S Tang3
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2010
First Page: 103
Last Page: 105
Publisher ID: TOMICROJ-4-103
Article History:Received Date: 9/7/2010
Revision Received Date: 23/7/2010
Acceptance Date: 28/7/2010
Electronic publication date: 21/10/2010
Collection year: 2010
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Staphylococcus warneri does not generally cause serious infections in humans. We report a case of endocarditis in a healthy individual with no known past medical history. S. warneri was identified in her blood cultures and echocardiographic evidence confirmed the diagnosis of bacterial endocarditis. There was no apparent cause for her infection, and risk factors such as invasive treatment or medical implant were not present. This rare clinical presentation illustrates the importance of not overlooking low virulence species of Staphylococcus, as they can potentially serve as opportunistic etiological agents for endocarditis, especially among the elderly population.