JAMES E. HANSEN; GEORGE MILLER; BYRON E. POLLOCK
Micrococcus tetragenus (Gaffkya tetragena) is an extremely variable bacterium which rarely causes endocarditis. It is closely related to the staphylococcus, and was initially reported (by Gaffky in 1881) to be a saprophytic inhabitant of the respiratory tract. Since that time, M. tetragenus has been reported as the infecting organism in approximately 200 patients, with involvement of the respiratory tract, central nervous system, skeletal system, genito-urinary tract, and the cardiovascular system. The literature refers to approximately 12 cases of endocarditis due to this organism,1 only two of which are in the American literature.2
The following case illustrates the difficulty of obtaining
HANSEN JE, MILLER G, POLLOCK BE. ENDOCARDITIS DUE TO MICROCOCCUS TETRAGENUS1. Ann Intern Med. ;40:1207–1212. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-40-6-1207
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;40(6):1207-1212.
Cardiology, Endocarditis, Infectious Disease.
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