BERTRAM ZHEUTLIN, M.D.
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Corynebacterium diphtheriae characteristically affects the heart by producing a toxin which causes a myocarditis. Only in unique cases does the diphtheria organism directly affect the pericardium or endocardium. This report deals with a case in which endocarditis was caused by an organism resembling the Klebs-Loeffler bacillus morphologically and culturally, and which proved to be virulent for guinea pigs.
A 19-year-old white enlisted man was admitted to the hospital May 26, 1946, with the chief complaints of sore throat, chilly sensations, and fever. The family history was non-contributory. The past history revealed that the patient had had good general
ZHEUTLIN B. ENDOCARDITIS CAUSED BY ORGANISM MORPHOLOGICALLY AND CULTURALLY IDENTIFIED AS C. diphtheriae1. Ann Intern Med. ;31:339–343. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-31-2-339
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1949;31(2):339-343.
Cardiology, Endocarditis, Infectious Disease.
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