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Revista chilena de infectología

versión impresa ISSN 0716-1018

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OLEA M, Pilar. Brucella abortus endocarditis: Survival of a 74 year old patient. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2010, vol.27, n.1, pp.80-84. ISSN 0716-1018.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0716-10182010000100014.

Brucellosis is not frequent in Chile but it may present with life threatening complications like endocarditis. The case reported refers to a 74 year old man admitted to the Infectious Diseases Hospital Dr. Lucio Córdova in Santiago. He had been febrile for 3 months with no specific symptoms. The trans-esophageal echocardiography confirmed múltiple large vegetations and important involvement of the aortic valve. Blood cultures yielded Brucella abortus. The patient required cardiac surgery, along with antibiotics, and he had a satisfactory outcome, being alive at the moment of this report???. Brucellosis can be the responsible for prolonged fever of unknown origin. It is necessary to take in mind brucellosis to obtain the specific laboratory tests. For a best prognosis an early treatment with associated antibiotics for at least 4 a 6 weeks is important. If endocarditis is present valve replacement is often necessary.

Palabras clave : Brucellosis; endocarditis; clinical features.

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