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Propionibacterium acnes endocarditis on an annuloplasty ring in an adolescent boy
  1. W Y Vanagt1,
  2. W J Daenen2,
  3. T Delhaas1
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Division of Paediatric Cardiology, University Hospital Maastricht, Maastricht, the Netherlands
  2. 2Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University Hospital Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Ward Y Vanagt
    Department of Paediatrics, University Hospital Maastricht, PO box 5800, 6202 AZ Maastricht, Netherlands;


Propionibacterium acnes, a constituent of the human cutaneous flora, infected both the native mitral valve and a Carpentier mitral annuloplasty ring in an adolescent patient. In the case of culture negative endocarditis, the incubation period of blood cultures should be prolonged to identify this pathogen.

  • annuloplasty
  • children
  • endocarditis
  • Propionibacterium acnes
  • mitral ring

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