Listeria monocytogenes tricuspid valve endocarditis with septic pulmonary emboli in a liver transplant recipient

R. K. Avery, D. S. Barnes, J. C. Teran, H. P. Wiedemann, G. Hall, T. Wacker, K. J. Guth, J. B. Frost, J. T. Mayes

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Abstract

Listeria monocytogenes has long been known as a pathogen of immunocompromised hosts, including solid organ and bone marrow transplant recipients. Its principal manifestations include bacteremia and meningitis. Endocarditis due to Listeria is far less common and in general affects the left side of the heart. We here report an unusual case of Listeria tricuspid valve endocarditis and septic pulmonary emboli in a sulfa-intolerant liver transplant recipient with a history of relapsing cytomegalovirus (CMV) hepatitis and an indwelling Hickman catheter. The literature on Listeria endocarditis and infections in transplant recipients is reviewed. The possible relationship between susceptibility to Listeria infection and the discontinuation of trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole prophylaxis is of interest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-287
Number of pages4
JournalTransplant Infectious Disease
Volume1
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1999
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Endocarditis
  • Listeria
  • Liver transplant
  • Septic emboli
  • Tricuspid valve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Transplantation

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