Propionibacterium acnes endocarditis in a native valve complicated by intraventricular abscess: a case report and review

Scand J Infect Dis. 2001;33(5):379-80. doi: 10.1080/003655401750174066.


Propionibacterium acnes is a constituent of the normal skin flora. It has been described as causing infection on prosthetic valves but very rarely on native valves. We describe a case of aggressive P. acnes endocarditis in a healthy 36-y-old man which infected a native aortic valve and was complicated by an aortic root abscess and review the literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / complications
  • Abscess / microbiology*
  • Adult
  • Aortic Valve / microbiology*
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial / complications*
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial / microbiology*
  • Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections / complications
  • Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections / microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Propionibacterium acnes / isolation & purification*