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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr0420102894.
Published online 2010 November 26. doi:  10.1136/bcr.04.2010.2894
PMCID: PMC3027566
Rare disease

Aortic homograft endocarditis caused by Cardiobacterium hominis and complicated by agranulocytosis due to ceftriaxone


The present report describes a very rare case of an aortic homograft valve endocarditis caused by Cardiobacterium hominis. The case was complicated by an agranulocytosis after 3 weeks of antibiotic treatment induced by ceftriaxone. Alternative oral treatment with ciprofloxacin and rifampicin was successful, no surgical intervention was needed and homograft function could be preserved.

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