A woman with a history of congenital heart disease status post multiple valve operations including mitral valve repair presented with 2 months of low back pain and general malaise. Blood cultures returned positive for Gram-positive cocci. While transthoracic echocardiography did not identify vegetations, transoesophageal echocardiography visualised vegetations on the patient’s mitral valve, which had previously undergone repair with annuloplasty. The patient was found to have infectious endocarditis (IE), caused by Gemella morbillorum. The patient was treated with over 6 weeks of intravenous antibiotics. Cases of Gemella-associated IE are rare and largely relegated to case reports. This report aims to contribute to the literature regarding this subject, and to further characterise the presentation and treatment of Gemella-associated IE. Additionally, this report emphasises the importance of maintaining a high suspicion of IE in a patient with non-specific malaise in the setting of prior cardiac valve operation.
- Valvar diseases
- Infectious diseases
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Contributors CRL conceptualised the case report, participated in the patient’s care, and wrote and edited the manuscript. CAH, RC and EH contributed to conceptualising, writing and editing the manuscript. MEB participated in the patient’s care, reviewed and labelled the patient’s transoesophageal echocardiogram, and reviewed and edited the manuscript. MH provided care for the patient, obtained the patient’s consent for the case report, and reviewed and edited the manuscript. MAW was involved in the patient’s prior surgery, provided literature which was included in the report, and reviewed and edited the manuscript.
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