Treated bacterial endocarditis as a histological mimic of fungal infection

D. E. Roskell, I. C J W Bowler, Penelope Barnes

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Abstract

Histological assessment of cardiac valve tissue contributes to the diagnosis of infective endocarditis and is of particular importance in cases in which no organism is cultured. Antibiotic treatment of bacterial endocarditis may lead to abnormal bacterial morphology and staining characteristics. Although in many cases the presence of some residual bacteria of normal appearance makes the diagnosis straightforward, in some only abnormal bacteria may be seen. Unless the appearances of these are interpreted with caution, the presence of larger spherical organisms with the staining properties of a yeast may lead to an erroneous diagnosis of fungal infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-540
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Clinical Pathology
Volume51
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

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Bacterial Endocarditis
Mycoses
Staining and Labeling
Bacteria
Heart Valves
Endocarditis
Yeasts
Anti-Bacterial Agents

Keywords

  • Fungal infection
  • Infective endocarditis
  • Misdiagnosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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Roskell, D. E., Bowler, I. C. J. W., & Barnes, P. (1998). Treated bacterial endocarditis as a histological mimic of fungal infection. Journal of Clinical Pathology, 51(7), 539-540.

Treated bacterial endocarditis as a histological mimic of fungal infection. / Roskell, D. E.; Bowler, I. C J W; Barnes, Penelope.

In: Journal of Clinical Pathology, Vol. 51, No. 7, 1998, p. 539-540.

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Roskell, DE, Bowler, ICJW & Barnes, P 1998, 'Treated bacterial endocarditis as a histological mimic of fungal infection', Journal of Clinical Pathology, vol. 51, no. 7, pp. 539-540.
Roskell, D. E. ; Bowler, I. C J W ; Barnes, Penelope. / Treated bacterial endocarditis as a histological mimic of fungal infection. In: Journal of Clinical Pathology. 1998 ; Vol. 51, No. 7. pp. 539-540.
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