Bacterial endocarditis in a child with a Broviac catheter.
Broviac and Hickman catheters facilitate the care of children with cancer but provide a source of potential infection. We describe a child with a Broviac catheter who developed left-sided bacterial endocarditis in whom right-to-left atrial shunting was documented following catheter flushing. Following removal of the catheter and administration of prolonged intravenous antibiotics, recovery was complete and cardiac function returned to normal.
Becton, DL; Friedman, HS; Armstrong, BE; Kurtzburg, J; Chaffee, S; Falletta, JM; Kinney, TR
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