BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr.02.2012.5852
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Staphylococcus aureus mitral valve endocarditis due to heel decubitus ulcer

  1. Christina Maria Steger1,2
  1. 1Department of Pathology, Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck, Austria
  2. 2Department of Pathology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Professor Christina Maria Steger, Christina.Steger{at}


Bacteraemic infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus have been reported with increasing frequency, and have emerged as the leading cause of infective endocarditis in many regions of the world.13

Endocarditis is an inflammation of the inner layer of the heart, the endocardium, with involvement of the heart valves (native or prosthetic valves). Other structures that may be involved include the interventricular septum, the chordae tendineae, the mural endocardium or even intracardiac devices. Acute bacterial endocarditis is usually of sudden onset …

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