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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 139-140

Candida tropicalis causing Prosthetic Valve Endocarditis


1 Department of Microbiology, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore, India
2 Department of Cardiac Surgery, Narayana Hrudayalaya, India

Correspondence Address:
T Mathew
Department of Microbiology, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore - 560 099, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.16059

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The incidence of endocarditis produced by the so-called "opportunists" as a complication of prosthetic valve surgery is progressively increasing in frequency and gradually transforming the clinical picture habitually associated with this disease. Candida endocarditis is an unusual but severe complication caused by Candida albicans or other fungal species. This case and a review of the literature indicate that Candida endocarditis treated with amphotericin B and prosthetic valve replacement may recur months after treatment, and that late recurrent Candida endocarditis, which is difficult to diagnose and treat, may be best prevented by lifelong antifungal suppressive therapy.






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2004 - Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
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