Puppy scratch leads to unique case of infective endocarditis

Consider canine bacteria when patients present with atypical infection and animal injury, say case report doctors

An elderly woman has become the first reported case of infective endocarditis related to an infection on her cardiac device, which was caused by bacteria found on dogs’ claws, introduced through a puppy scratch.

Transthoracic echocardiogram
Transthoracic echocardiogram, 4-chamber apical view, shows vegetation on distal right ventricular lead (arrow).

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