Streptococcus agalactiae is an uncommon cause of acute endocarditis.
It is more likely to occur in people with underlying diseases and usually evolves poorly. MATERIALS AND
We have conducted a retrospective study comparing the clinical features of Streptococcus agalactiae acute endocarditis attended in our Hospital during the last twelve years with the ones caused by other microorganisms; we have analized as dependent variables the vegetation size, surgery needing, complications, time of hospitalisation and global mortality.
All the cases by SGB had a great vegetation size, all needed surgery in its management with long hospitalisation periods, and the mortility was of 40%; everything was higher than other microorganism's endocarditis. CONCLUSION. Streptococcus agalactiae acute endocarditis is a serious disease which requires early surgery in its management.
Its mortality rate, complications and hospitalisation time are high.
Revista clinica espanola
Servicios de Cardiología y Medicina Interna. Hospital Universitario Virgen de las Nieves. Granada. España. jimenez.jaimez [at] gmail.com
Rev Clin Esp. 2009 Dec;209(11):536-9
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