Cerebral mycotic aneurysm complicating Stomatococcus mucilaginosus infective endocarditis

Scand J Infect Dis. 2002;34(11):863-6. doi: 10.1080/0036554021000026956.


Stomatococcus mucilaginosus is a gram-positive coccus present in the normal flora of the mouth and upper respiratory tract of humans. Although traditionally believed to be an organism of low virulence, S. mucilaginosus has recently been recognized as an emerging opportunistic pathogen, especially in patients with chronic immunosuppressive diseases. This report describes the case of a patient with known mitral valve prolapse, who presented with a mycotic cerebral aneurysm revealing a non-nosocomial spontaneous S. mucilaginosus endocarditis. The spectrum of infections due to this opportunistic pathogen is reviewed, with particular focus on assessing the clinical characteristics and prognosis of S. mucilaginosus infective endocarditis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial / complications*
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial / microbiology
  • Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections / complications*
  • Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections / microbiology
  • Gram-Positive Cocci / isolation & purification*
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / complications*
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / microbiology
  • Male
  • Mycoses / complications*