SESSION TITLE: Student/Resident Case Report Poster - Critical Care II
SESSION TYPE: Student/Resident Case Report Poster
PRESENTED ON: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
INTRODUCTION: Corynebacterium, though commonly labeled as blood culture “contaminants,” can cause serious infections such as endocarditis. Many bacteria can cause infective endocarditis, however Corynebacterium is in the group of organisms that account for only 3% of all endocarditis cases. Most patients who develop Corynebacterium endocarditis have structural heart disease or prosthetic valves; however, 0.2-0.4% of cases occur in normal heart valves. Indwelling intravascular lines have also been identified as a risk factor. We present a rare case of Corynebacterium endocarditis of a native valve that initially presented as contaminated blood cultures.