Journal Article

Pneumococcal Endocarditis in Children

Laurence B. Givner, Edward O. Mason, Tina Q. Tan, William J. Barson, Gordon E. Schutze, Ellen R. Wald, John S. Bradley, Jill Hoffman, Ram Yogev and Sheldon L. Kaplan

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 38, issue 9, pages 1273-1278
Published in print May 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online May 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI:
Pneumococcal Endocarditis in Children

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Endocarditis due to Streptococcus pneumoniae is unusual in children, accounting for 3%–7% of all cases of childhood endocarditis. The US Pediatric Multicenter Pneumococcal Surveillance Group has prospectively identified patients with invasive disease at 8 children's hospitals. During the period of 1 September 1993 through 28 February 2003, a total of 11 children with pneumococcal endocarditis were seen. Seven (64%) were 3–36 months old; 8 (73%) were boys. Ten (91%) had preexisting structural heart disease; 5 had undergone previous heart surgery. Concomitant sites of infection were noted in 6 patients (55%), including 3 patients with meningitis. One patient (9%) died during hospitalization, and 5 others (45%) experienced serious complications. Only 2 patients remained hospitalized for their entire course of parenteral antibiotic therapy. Eight of 10 pneumococcal isolates tested were vaccine or vaccine-related serotypes included in the currently licensed 7-valent conjugated pneumococcal vaccine. Pneumococcal endocarditis in children is unusual but often has serious complications.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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