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Revista chilena de infectología

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MARIN, Arnaldo; LUSTIG, Nicole; CRUZ, Ricardo  and  CORDOVA, Samuel. Infective endocarditis caused by Listeria monocytogenes: review of the literature and a case report. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2013, vol.30, n.4, pp.436-440. ISSN 0716-1018.

Infective endocarditis caused by Listeria monocytogenesis an extremely rare but usually aggressive disease. We have seen in recent years an increase in age of onset of this disease and a predilection for patients with valvular disease, especially prosthetic valve. The treatment of choice is ampicillin, which is combined with gentamicin for synergy. It is known that even with treatment the mortality is very high and higher than in other types of bacterial endocarditis. With optimal therapy, that is medical-surgical, mortality has declined significantly in recent years. We presents a review of the literature and a clinical case of a patient with a febrile syndrome diagnosed as a infective endocarditis caused by L. monocytogenestreated medically with successful outcome to date.

Keywords : Infective endocarditis; Listeria monocytogenes; case report.

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