Cardiac manifestations of Q fever infection: case series and a review of the literature.
Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)
BACKGROUND: Q fever is a zoonotic disease caused by Coxiella burnetii, an uncommon intracellular bacterium found in livestock and domesticated dogs and cats. A minority of patients who acquire acute Q fever will subsequently develop chronic Q fever endocarditis, which often manifests in valvular insufficiency. METHOD: We review recent literature and report the clinical presentation, treatment, and serology of three surgical patients with Q fever. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: Three patients with Q fever were successfully treated at our institution, including the first known case of a C. burnetii infection manifesting in a pediatric patient with isolated aortic coarctation.
- Gunn, TM; Raz, GM; Turek, JW; Farivar, RS
- May 2013
Volume / Issue
- 28 / 3
Start / End Page
- 233 - 237
Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
- United States