ALAN A. POLLOCK, M.D.; ROBERT S. HOLZMAN, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Clarke and Haining (1) in 1936 described a 15-year-old Japanese girl with endocarditis due to Neisseria catarrhalis. At autopsy, she had no anatomical evidence of prior rheumatic valvular disease or congenital abnormalities. Infection was present on both the mitral and tricuspid valves. The tricuspid endocarditis resulted in large vegetations that extended through the conus arteriosus and into the pulmonary artery, resulting in extensive septic pulmonary infarction and pneumonia.
We recently cared for a patient with pathologically documented N. catarrhalis endocarditis on a prosthetic valve. A literature search revealed no other cases.
A 69-year-old Italian woman had aortic insufficiency of unknown
POLLOCK AA, HOLZMAN RS. Neisseria catarrhalisEndocarditis. Ann Intern Med. 1976;85:206–207. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-2-206
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