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Prosthetic valve endocarditis resulting from Nocardia asteroides.
  1. R H Falk,
  2. F R Dimock,
  3. J Sharkey


    Nocardia asteroides was isolated from the prosthetic valve of a 64-year-old woman who had died of endocarditis after aortic valve replacement. Multiple blood cultures had all been negative. This organism is increasingly being recognised as a pathogen and is usually sensitive to sulphonamides. These should be tried in culture negative endocarditis unresponsive to standard therapy.

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