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Dermatological manifestations of infective endocarditis
  1. Abhishek Maiti1,
  2. Daniel T Smith2,
  3. Avash Das3
  1. 1Department of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Texas, USA
  2. 2Department of Infectious Diseases, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Texas, USA
  3. 3Department of Cardiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Abhishek Maiti, 2950 Old Spanish Trail, Apt 379, Houston, TX 77054, USA; abhishek.maiti{at}uth.tmc.edu

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Introduction

Infective endocarditis (IE) is a relatively rare infectious disease with considerable morbidity and mortality of around 20%.1 Classic dermatological manifestations suggestive of septicaemia have been described in IE. These findings can often lead to the diagnosis but can be difficult to distinguish from other non-specific lesions.

Case report

A 49-year-old woman presented with fever and skin lesions for 10 days and weakness of her left arm …

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