Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus endomyocardial abscesses in a heart transplant recipient.
ABSTRACT Infective endocarditis is more common in heart transplant recipients than in the general population. We report a case of endomyocardial abscesses and sepsis syndrome due to community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in a heart transplant recipient with a negative transesophageal echocardiogram. The suspected portal of entry for this MRSA infection was through infected herpes zoster lesions. This case demonstrates the difficulty of diagnosing endomyocardial abscesses in heart transplant patients.
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ABSTRACT: We report the case of a 65-year-old male patient who died from lethal Aspergillus fumigatus endomyocarditis and multiple cerebral septic emboli 6 months after cardiac transplantation. This complication developed 4 weeks after diagnosis of bilateral pulmonary aspergillosis, which was immediately treated by surgical removal and intravenous amphotericin B. Preceding colonization with Aspergillus spp was not identified. Primary cytomegalovirus infection (donor+/recipient-) and toxoplasmosis reactivation (donor+/recipient+) occurring at 1 and 2 months post-transplantation were successfully treated.The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 12/2002; 21(11):1242-5. · 5.11 Impact Factor