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Open Access Case report

Prosthetic valve endocarditis caused by Pseudomonas luteola

Jean-Paul Casalta1*, Pierre-Edouard Fournier1, Gilbert Habib2, Alberto Riberi3 and Didier Raoult1

Author Affiliations

1 Laboratoire de Microbiologie, IFR 48, Centre Hospitalier-Universitaire de La Timone,264 rue Saint Pierre, Marseille, France

2 Service de Cardiologie, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de La Timone, Marseille, France

3 Service de Chirurgie Cardiaque, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de La Timone, Marseille, France

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BMC Infectious Diseases 2005, 5:82  doi:10.1186/1471-2334-5-82

Published: 12 October 2005

Abstract

Background

Pseudomonas luteola has been recognized as an uncommon cause of bacteremia and of infections in patients with underlying medical disorders

Case presentation

We isolated P. luteola from blood cutures in a patient with prosthetic valve endocarditis developed 16 months after cardiac surgery.

Conclusion

P. luteola is a rare opportunistic agent, with a propensity of infecting valvular prostheses.