Corynebacterium diphtheriae endocarditis--surgery for some but not all!

  title={Corynebacterium diphtheriae endocarditis--surgery for some but not all!},
  author={Bashisth Mishra and Rebecca J Dignan and Clifford F Hughes and Nick P Hendel},
  journal={Asian cardiovascular & thoracic annals},
  volume={13 2},
Corynebacterium diphtheriae endocarditis was thought to be a rare disease. We reviewed our experience in four cases of this disease treated over a period of 10 years. Seventy cases reported in literature were reviewed. The outcome is good if cases are carefully selected for medical or surgical treatment. We conclude that infective endocarditis due to C. diphtheriae, is perhaps more common than expected. It may be recognized more frequently and on occasion may be an aggressive disease. Those… CONTINUE READING