Title

Pharyngitis Workup Leads to the Discovery of Massive Tricuspid Vegetation

Division

South Atlantic

Hospital

Coliseum Medical Centers

Document Type

Case Report

Publication Date

2-16-2021

Keywords

cardiology, pharyngitis, tricuspid valve endocarditis, tricuspid vegetation, valvular endocarditis

Disciplines

Cardiology | Cardiovascular Diseases | Internal Medicine

Abstract

Infective endocarditis (IE) is one of the leading causes of life-threatening infections and is most often observed among patients who use intravenous (IV) drugs. We discuss the unique presentation of a 31-year-old gentleman with a two-week history of sore throat and shortness of breath, who returned to his community emergency room with persistent symptoms of streptococcal pharyngitis. A thorough history, physical examination, and diagnostic workup were conducted, where a large, protruding, highly mobile vegetation was observed on echocardiogram. His blood cultures grew methicillin-resistant

Comments

Research conducted while Coliseum Medical Center was part of HCA Healthcare.

Publisher or Conference

Cureus

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