Owen Seddon

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BACKGROUND Q fever, caused by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetii, is a worldwide zoonotic disease with both acute and chronic manifestations. Endocarditis is the principal chronic manifestation. Q fever can easily be mistaken for degenerative valve disease due to its indolent presentation, the fastidious nature of the organism (routine cultures are negative),(More)
A 54-year-old female patient presented to her local district general hospital with a painful, swollen left arm. Imaging revealed an ulnar artery aneurysm. The aetiology was embolic, with an echocardiogram revealing vegetations on the aortic valve. The patient was treated empirically for 6 weeks with amoxicillin and gentamicin for endocarditis. Eight months(More)
Polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) is a rare, severe form of vasculitis affecting medium-sized vessels. It manifests as a multisystem syndrome, and may be associated with hepatitis B virus-associated PAN (HBV-PAN) although the incidence of this is declining with better vaccination strategies and awareness of bloodborne virus screening. We report a case in which a(More)
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