Journal Article

Endocarditis After Acute Q Fever in Patients with Previously Undiagnosed Valvulopathies

Florence Fenollar, Franck Thuny, Bernard Xeridat, Hubert Lepidi and Didier Raoult

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 42, issue 6, pages 818-821
Published in print March 2006 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2006 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/500402
Endocarditis After Acute Q Fever in Patients with Previously Undiagnosed Valvulopathies

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We describe 3 cases of endocarditis after acute Q fever in 3 patients with clinically silent, undiagnosed valvulopathies, including mitral valve prolapse, minimal valvular leak, and biscuspid aortic valve. We conclude that, to prevent endocarditis, these minor valvulopathies must be actively searched for with echocardiography after diagnosis of acute Q fever.

Journal Article.  2192 words.  Illustrated.

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

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