Bartonella endocarditis complicating congenital heart disease
- 1Bichat Hospital, 46 Rue Henri Huchard, Paris, 75018, France
- 2Bichat Hospital, AP-HP, EA 3964, 46 Rue Henri Huchard, University Denis Diderot-Paris 7 Medical School, Paris, Cedex 18, 75870, France
- Nawwar Al-Attar,
- Published 17 March 2009
The present report describes a case of Bartonella henselae endocarditis affecting an adolescent with congenital heart disease. A teenager from Eastern Europe was referred to for surgical treatment of aortic endocarditis. She admitted close contact with cats. Blood culture was negative. Diagnosis of B henselae was established on direct PCR amplification and 16SrRNA gene sequencing of the aortic valve tissue and confirmed after 4 weeks by valve culture isolate. The patient underwent extended root replacement (the Ross–Konno operation) with a favourable outcome.
Competing interests: None.