Journal Article

Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Infection Due to <i>Brucella melitensis:</i> Case Report and Review of Brucellosis of Cardiac Devices

Abhay Dhand and John J. Ross

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 44, issue 4, pages e37-e39
Published in print February 2007 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online February 2007 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/511079
Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Infection Due to Brucella melitensis: Case Report and Review of Brucellosis of Cardiac Devices

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We report a case of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator infection due to Brucella melitensis and review 5 previously reported cases of Brucella infection of cardiac devices. Device removal, followed by antibiotic therapy for 6 weeks, is probably required for cure. Although rare, reports of Brucella infection of prosthetic implants and devices have increased in the past decade. Brucellosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of cardiac device infection in patients residing in or traveling to areas of endemicity.

Journal Article.  1291 words.  Illustrated.

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

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