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Streptococcus pneumoniae endocarditis presenting as an epidural abscess.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2704929     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Streptococcus pneumoniae is an important pathogen in many serious infections, such as pneumonia, sinusitis, and meningitis. It uncommonly causes infective endocarditis and only rarely produces spinal epidural abscesses. This report describes a patient who had pneumococcal infection presenting as an acute epidural abscess and who was subsequently found to have endocarditis. S. pneumoniae was cultured from both blood and abscess material. A high level of clinical suspicion of endocarditis is important in all cases of bacteremic pneumococcal illness; patients with such an illness and back pain may harbor potentially catastrophic epidural abscesses.
R Clark; J T Carlisle; G T Valainis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Reviews of infectious diseases     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0162-0886     ISO Abbreviation:  Rev. Infect. Dis.     Publication Date:    1989 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-05-12     Completed Date:  1989-05-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7905878     Medline TA:  Rev Infect Dis     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  338-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Infectious Diseases Section, Tulane University Medical School, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112.
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MeSH Terms
Abscess / diagnosis*
Diagnosis, Differential
Endocarditis, Bacterial / diagnosis*
Epidural Space
Spinal Diseases / diagnosis*
Streptococcal Infections / diagnosis*
Streptococcus pneumoniae

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