Background: With the development of invasive medical procedures, an increasing number of healthcare-associated infective endocarditis cases have been reported. In particular, non-nosocomial healthcare-associated infective endocarditis in outpatients with recent medical intervention has been increasingly identified. Case presentation: A 66-year-old man with diabetes mellitus and a recent history of intermittent urethral self-catheterization was admitted due to a high fever. Repeated blood cultures identified Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and transesophageal echocardiography uncovered a new-onset severe aortic regurgitation along with a vegetative valvular structure. The patient underwent emergency aortic valve replacement surgery and was successfully treated with 6weeks of high-dose meropenem and tobramycin. Historically, most cases of P. aeruginosa endocarditis have occurred in the right side of the heart and in outpatients with a history of intravenous drug abuse. In the case presented, the repeated manipulations of the urethra may have triggered the infection. Our literature review for left-sided P. aeruginosa endocarditis showed that non-nosocomial infection accounted for nearly half of the cases and resulted in fatal outcomes as often as nosocomial cases. A combination therapy with anti-pseudomonal beta-lactams or carbapenems and aminoglycosides may be the preferable treatment. Medical treatment alone may be effective, and surgical treatment should be carefully considered. Conclusions: We presented a rare case of native aortic valve endocarditis caused by P. aeruginosa. This case illustrates the importance of identifying the causative pathogen(s), especially for outpatients with a recent history of medical procedures.
- Healthcare-associated infective endocarditis
- Patent foramen ovale
- Right-to-left shunt
- Urethral self-catheterization
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Infectious Diseases