Case 5: Infective endocarditis
- 1National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
- 2London Chest Hospital, London, UK
- 3Professor of Clinical Cardiology, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, UK
A 70 year old man presented with microscopic haematuria and proteinuria and a fever five months after having a transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). Initially urological review was arranged as the family doctor thought that a urinary infection was the most likely diagnosis.
The patient was concerned that he was not getting better and he self-referred to a physician. He had continuing fever, weight loss, and malaise. The physician detected a mitral pan-systolic murmur that had not been heard before. On the basis of this finding infective endocarditis was suspected and investigations begun. His subsequent course and its management are discussed in an interactive case presentation.