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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 589-591

Fever work-up unfolds a rare diagnosis of native valve endocarditis caused by Mycobacterium abscessus

1 Department of Lab Medicine, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, Punjab, India
2 Department of Cardiology, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, Punjab, India
3 Department of Critical Care, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, Punjab, India
4 Department of Cardiac Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, Punjab, India

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Irneet Mundi
Department of Lab Medicine, Fortis Hospital, Phase 8, Mohali - 160 062, Punjab
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJPM.IJPM_19_19

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Endocarditis caused by Mycobacterium abscessus is rare and often missed without appropriate blood cultures. It does not respond to standard antitubercular treatment and is also resistant to many other antibiotics. The course of the disease may be indolent and often results in a fatal outcome. Accurate identification and sensitivity, combination therapy, and prolonged duration of antibiotics are, therefore, important for a successful outcome.

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