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Reminder of important clinical lesson
Austrian syndrome
  1. J B Poulsen1,
  2. C Moser2,
  3. K Espersen1,
  4. K Moller1,3
  1. 1Department of Intensive Care, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen OE, Denmark
  2. 2Department of Clinical Microbiology, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen OE, Denmark
  3. 3Centre of Inflammation and Metabolism, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen OE, Denmark
  1. Correspondence to J B Poulsen, jpoulsen{at}dadlnet.dk

Summary

The authors present a case of Austrian syndrome, the triad of pneumococcal pneumonia, endocarditis and meningitis, in a 49-year-old woman, who developed severe acute heart failure due to aortic valve destruction. The patient required imminent valve surgery, but eventually recovered.

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