FAROQUE A. KHAN, M.B., F.R.C.P.(C); ARFA R. KHAN, M.B.
To the editor: Farhoudi, Banks, and Ali reported (Ann Intern Med 78:776-777, 1973) a case of Serratia marcescens endocarditis that was successfully treated with gentamicin and carbenicillin. This prompts us to report a similar case in which the tricuspid as well as mitral valves were both involved by endocarditis caused by Serratia marcescens and in which multiple septic pulmonary infarctions occurred. In this case cure was achieved by therapy with gentamicin initially, and later—after its withdrawal because of nephrotoxicity—with chloramphenicol.
The patient was a 27-year-old heroin addict who presented with a 1-week history of fever, cough, and night sweats. There
KHAN FA, KHAN AR. Serratia marcescens Endocarditis. Ann Intern Med. ;79:454. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-3-454_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(3):454.
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