Concomitant endocarditis and spondylodiscitis due to coagulase-negative Staphylococci and a review of the literature

Karlijn M.G. Houkes, Saskia E. Mudde*, Alina A. Constantinescu, Nelianne J. Verkaik, Erlangga Yusuf

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Abstract

Background: Coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS) are part of the normal skin flora. Although CoNS are generally considered as low pathogenic microorganisms, they can cause serious infections, particularly in the context of foreign body material. Case report: Here we present two cases of concomitant infectious endocarditis and spondylodiscitis; one caused by S. epidermidis, the other by S. haemolyticus. Additionally, we reviewed the literature for previously reported cases of concomitant endocarditis and spondylodiscitis due to CoNS. Conclusion: In patients with back pain and a cardiac device in situ, CoNS should be considered as causative pathogens for possible endocarditis and/or spondylodiscitis, and should not be regarded as contamination.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere01100
JournalIDCases
Volume24
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Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

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