Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae is an occupation-related infection that can be found in farm animals or marine life. This infection can present with a spectrum of infection ranging from local cellulitis to aortic endocarditis. Developing endocarditis is rare from this organism with only a few case reports in the literature. We presented a case of Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae bacteremia that led to aortic valve endocarditis with a Gerbode defect within the mitral valve complicated with an acute exacerbation of congestive heart failure, necessitating emergent valve replacement surgery, with eventual permanent pacemaker due to complete heart block. We intend to highlight some unusual characteristics of this infection including thrombocytopenia and hyponatremia. It is important to identify this infection in early stages to prevent the late disseminating complications including endocarditis.
Barkhordarian, Maryam; Grijalva, Mark; Liu, James; Yasir, Muhammad; and Lo, Abraham
"A Rare Presentation of Erysipelothrix Rhusiopathiae Endocarditis with Acute Heart Failure,"
Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives: Vol. 14:
1, Article 13.
Available at: https://scholarlycommons.gbmc.org/jchimp/vol14/iss1/13