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. 2012 Feb;50(2):519-21.
doi: 10.1128/JCM.00657-11. Epub 2011 Nov 23.

Native Valve Bacillus Cereus Endocarditis in a Non-Intravenous-Drug-Abusing Patient

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Native Valve Bacillus Cereus Endocarditis in a Non-Intravenous-Drug-Abusing Patient

Benjamin S Thomas et al. J Clin Microbiol. .
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Abstract

Bacillus cereus is a rare cause of endocarditis, typically associated with intravenous drug abuse, rheumatic heart disease, prosthetic heart valves, pacemakers, or immunodeficiency. We present the first case of native valve Bacillus cereus endocarditis with no apparent risk factors. The patient had a fulminant course requiring emergent valve replacement.

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Preoperative transthoracic echocardiogram showing a mobile vegetation on the aortic valve. Av, aortic valve; Mv, mitral valve; LV, left ventricle; LA, left atrium; arrow, 2.0-cm × 0.75-cm vegetation.

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