American Journal of Infectious Diseases

ACTINOMYCES NAESLUNDII, A PREVIOUSLY UNDOCUMENTED CAUSE OF INFECTIVE ENDOCARDITIS; WITH LITERARY REVIEW

Loren Garrison Morgan, Ashley L. Davis, Paul Poommipanit and Yasir Ahmed

DOI : 10.3844/ajidsp.2014.132.136

American Journal of Infectious Diseases

Volume 10, Issue 3

Pages 132-136

Abstract

Actinomycotic endocarditis is a rare disease with only 18 documented cases to date. Most of these cases are sub-acute or chronic infections and usually lack the stigmata of classic endocarditis. This article reviews the details of previously published reports of endocarditis due to various species of actinomyces, along with consensus opinion on diagnosis and treatment. We also present our unique case of Actinomyces naeslundii infective endocarditis, the first case ever attributed to this organism in medical literature.

Copyright

© 2014 Loren Garrison Morgan, Ashley L. Davis, Paul Poommipanit and Yasir Ahmed. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.