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Native Valve Endocarditis Due to Coagulase-Negative Staphylococci: Report of 99 Episodes from the International Collaboration on Endocarditis Merged Database

Vivian H. Chu, Christopher H. Cabell, Elias Abrutyn, G. Ralph Corey, Bruno Hoen, Jose M. Miro, Lars Olaison, Martin E. Stryjewski, Paul Pappas, Kevin J. Anstrom, Susannah Eykyn, Gilbert Habib, Natividad Benito and Vance G. Fowler

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 39, issue 10, pages 1527-1530
Published in print November 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online November 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/424878
Native Valve Endocarditis Due to Coagulase-Negative Staphylococci: Report of 99 Episodes from the International Collaboration on Endocarditis Merged Database

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Using a large cohort of patients from the International Collaboration on Endocarditis Merged Database, we compared coagulase-negative staphylococcal (CoNS) native-valve endocarditis (NVE) to NVE caused by more common pathogens. Rates of heart failure and mortality were similar between patients with CoNS NVE and patients with Staphylococcus aureus NVE, but rates for both groups were significantly higher than rates for patients with NVE due to viridans streptococci. These results emphasize the importance of CoNS as a cause of NVE and the potential for serious complications with this infection.

Journal Article.  2445 words.  Illustrated.

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

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