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. diphtheriae(ENDOCARDITIS CAUSED BY ORGANISM MORPHOLOGICALLY AND CULTURALLY IDENTIFIED AS C. diphtheriae*). Ann Intern Med. 1949;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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