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Bacterial Endocarditis Due to a Group C Beta Hemolytic Streptococcus

Ann Intern Med. 1963;58(5):858-861. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-58-5-858
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The group C Streptococcus equi is a common cause of infection in veterinary medicine. Its human counterpart, Streptococcus equisimilis, may be an unobtrusive inhabitant of the human nose, throat, or vagina, but it seldom becomes a pathogen. On rare occasions, it has been implicated as a cause of puerperal fever, erysipelas, scarlet fever, tonsillitis, and septicemia (1, 2).

The development of bacterial endocarditis following a Group C streptococcal infection has been well documented and well described in only 1 instance (3). We have recently seen a similar case with several unusual features that merit comment and discussion.



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