Fatal myocardial microabscesses caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in a burn patient

Hsiang Wei Huanga, Morgan Cowan, Jamil Matthews, Ming Tseh Lin, Stephen Milner, Marc Halushka

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Abstract

Bacteremia- or sepsis-associated myocardial abscess is often an incidental postmortem diagnosis in patients who die of overwhelming septicemia. Myocardial abscess is more rarely the immediate cause of death as a consequence of abscess rupture or the cause of arrhythmia. We report a 66-year-old female who succumbed to sudden cardiac death with a hemodynamically stable methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia, while in recovery after an accidental thermal burn. Autopsy revealed extensive myocardial abscesses and an abscess in the pineal gland. Myocardial microabscesses should be considered a rare cause of sudden cardiac death in patients with hemodynamically stable MRSA bacteremia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-12
Number of pages3
JournalHuman Pathology: Case Reports
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Burn
  • MRSA
  • Myocardial abscesses
  • Sudden cardiac

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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