Misdiagnosis of Streptococcus gallolyticus endocarditis

Authors

  • Rodrigo Tzovenos Starosta Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Faculty of Medicine
  • Raquel Rivero Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre. Service of Surgical Pathology
  • Francine Hehn de Oliveira Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre. Service of Surgical Pathology
  • Eron Lopes Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre. Service of Surgical Pathology
  • Marcelle Reesink Cerski Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre. Service of Surgical Pathology

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4322/acr.2016.042

Keywords:

Endocarditis, Subacute Bacterial, Streptococcus, Leriche Syndrome

Abstract

Death certificate inaccuracy is of major concern both in the public health domain and in individual health care, since it may yield untruthful data on the incidence, prevalence, and lethality of medical entities, and may hamper prophylactic measures among those who share, with the deceased, the common genetic, environmental, or behavioral risk factors. An effective way to settle this haziness relies on the increase of autopsy performance, increasing manifold the exactitude as well as facing surprising diagnoses. In this report, the authors present the case of a middle-aged woman who sought medical care because of back pain accompanied by weight loss. She died suddenly and unexpectedly in the Emergency Room. In this case, due to the unusual clinical presentation and the patient’s unexpected death, the causa mortis would not have been elucidated if the autopsy had not been undertaken

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Published

2016-09-11

How to Cite

Starosta, R. T., Rivero, R., Oliveira, F. H. de, Lopes, E., & Cerski, M. R. (2016). Misdiagnosis of Streptococcus gallolyticus endocarditis. Autopsy and Case Reports, 6(3), 29-33. https://doi.org/10.4322/acr.2016.042

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Article / Autopsy Case Report