Recurrent Streptococcus mutans endocarditis

Am J Med. 1987 Mar 23;82(3 Spec No):630-2. doi: 10.1016/0002-9343(87)90111-2.


Recurrent bacterial endocarditis is associated with several risk factors including parenteral drug abuse, past valvular heart disease, and periodontitis. Recurrence rates vary from 2 to 18 percent for a single recurrence, and 1 to 5 percent for two recurrences. An unusual case study of a patient experiencing three episodes of bacterial endocarditis following dental work is described. The episodes occurred at least one year apart and were characterized by biochemically identical strains of Streptococcus mutans.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Dental Care*
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Recurrence
  • Streptococcal Infections / etiology*
  • Streptococcus mutans