Cardiobacterium Clinical Presentation

Updated: Feb 29, 2016
  • Author: Kerry O Cleveland, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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History

The clinical course of C hominis endocarditis tends to be subacute. [6, 7] In a published series, the mean duration of symptoms was 169 days; however, this may reflect the difficulty in growing C hominis in older blood culture systems. In this same series, 44% of patients had a history of a dental procedure or oral infection. [8]

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Physical

Common findings in Cardiobacterium infections include the following:

  • Fever (86%)
  • Splenomegaly (59%)
  • Peripheral embolic phenomenon (44%)
  • Petechiae (41%)
  • Clubbing (19%)
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Causes

Bacteremia with C hominis endocarditis usually occurs in the setting of pre-existing structural heart disease or a prosthetic heart valve. Many patients have a history of a recent dental procedure or poor dentition.

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