A Case of Early Prosthetic Valve Endocarditis Caused by Staphylococcus warneri in a Patient Presenting With Congestive Heart Failure

Maita S. Kuvhenguhwa, Kevin O. Belgrave, Sonia U. Shah, Arnold S. Bayer, Loren G. Miller

Abstract


Staphylococcus warneri, a coagulase negative staphylococcus, has been isolated in prosthetic device-related infections and has been reported as a rare cause of endocarditis. We report a case of prosthetic aortic valve S. warneri endocarditis, in which the patient lacked typical infectious signs and symptoms, instead presenting with congestive heart failure due to perforation of the valve. Providers should consider endocarditis with a low virulence pathogen such as S. warneri when a patient with a prosthetic valve presents with heart failure, even in the absence of fever, leukocytosis and other infectious symptoms.




Cardiol Res. 2017;8(5):236-240
doi: https://doi.org/10.14740/cr588w


Keywords


Staphylococcus warneri; Prosthetic valve endocarditis

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