A case of subacute infective endocarditis and blood access infection caused by Enterococcus durans
Division of General Medicine, Center for Community Medicine, Jichi Medical University School of Medicine, Shimotsuke, Japan
BMC Infectious Diseases 2013, 13:594 doi:10.1186/1471-2334-13-594Published: 17 December 2013
Infection by Enterococcus durans (E. durans) is very rare; reported cases are often preceded by therapy or an immunosuppressed state, including infective endocarditis, urinary tract infection, or wound infection. A few reported cases of infective endocarditis exist, with no reports describing involvement of blood access infection.
The patient is an 83-year-old man who had been undergoing hemodialysis for 8 years due to renal failure caused by diabetic nephropathy. He developed infective endocarditis and blood access infection/infective aneurysm due to Enterococcus durans; these conditions were treated with the antibiotic regimen of ampicillin + gentamicin. There have been only a few reported cases of infective endocarditis caused by E. durans, and to our knowledge, this is the first report of blood access infection.
We have experienced a case of concurrent infective endocarditis and blood access infection/infective aneurysm caused by E. durans. This is the world’s first reported case of blood access infection/infective aneurysm by E. durans.