Endocarditis during Staphylococcus aureus septicemia in a population of non-drug addicts

Arch Intern Med. 1982 Jul;142(7):1311-3.


We examined 76 patients suffering from Staphylococcus aureus septicemia, from 1976 to 1979, none of whom were drug addicts. In contrast to other studies, we found a significant incidence of S aureus endocarditis in patients with a demonstrable portal of entry, a relatively high incidence of metastatic foci in patients without endocarditis, and endocarditis possibly as frequent in patients with hospital-acquired infection as in those with community-acquired infection. These findings suggest caution in determining the length of therapy for S aureus septicemia based on clinical grounds alone.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Endocarditis / complications*
  • Endocarditis / microbiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sepsis / complications*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / complications*
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Substance-Related Disorders