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Candida albicans endocarditis involving a normal native aortic valve in an immunocompetent patient
  1. Taha Sheikh1,
  2. Jeremy C Tomcho2,
  3. Mohammed T Awad2 and
  4. Syeda Ramsha Zaidi3
  1. 1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Toledo, Ohio, USA
  2. 2Department of Internal Medicine, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, USA
  3. 3Internal Medicine, St Joseph Mercy Health System, Livonia, Michigan, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Taha Sheikh; taha.sheikh{at}


Fungal endocarditis, specifically from Candida species, is a rare but serious infection with a high mortality rate. Most cases occur in bioprosthetic or mechanical valves and are uncommon in native, structurally normal valves. When Candida endocarditis is detected and appropriate treatment is initiated earlier, there is an improvement in mortality. While the recommendation is usually to treat with a combination of surgery and antifungal medications, patient comorbidities may limit treatment options.

  • clinical diagnostic tests
  • radiology (diagnostics)
  • infections
  • tropical medicine (infectious disease)
  • valvar diseases

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  • Contributors TS and JCT were involved in the conception and design of the work. TS, SRZ, JCT and MTA were involved in manuscript writing and reviewing and revising of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.