Postgrad Med J 78:290-291 doi:10.1136/pmj.78.919.290
  • Case report

An unusual case of infective endocarditis

  1. T Houghton1,
  2. G C Kaye1,
  3. R E Meigh2
  1. 1Department Of Cardiology, Castle Hill Hospital, Castle Road, East Yorkshire HU16 5JQ, UK
  2. 2Department of Microbiology
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Houghton
  • Received 28 August 2001
  • Accepted 27 November 2001


A rare case of Corynebacterium striatum endocarditis on a bioprosthetic aortic valve replacement, treated medically, is reported. The presentation was subacute, and initially endocarditis screening was negative. Because of the failure of symptoms to settle further screening was performed which confirmed the organism in several sets of blood cultures. This emphasises the importance of persistent screening for endocarditis if the history raises any suspicion of this potentially serious infection, especially in the presence of prosthetic valves.