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Bacterial calcification in infective endocarditis.
  1. D. N. Poller,
  2. A. Curry,
  3. L. A. Ganguli,
  4. R. C. Routledge
  1. Hope Hospital, Salford, Manchester, UK.


    The present report is the first description to our knowledge of a clinical case of bacterial calcification in human infective endocarditic vegetations. Partial calcification of bacteria within vegetations may be a further mechanism of bacterial protection from host defences and antibiotics. Similar calcification has recently been reported in vegetations formed on porcine valvular prostheses implanted experimentally in sheep.

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