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An unusual case of infective endocarditis presenting as acute myocardial infarction
  1. Zhong Chen,
  2. Francesca Ng,
  3. Thuraia Nageh
  1. Department of Cardiology, London Chest Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Z Chen
 Department of Cardiology, London Chest Hospital, Bonner Road, London E2 9JX, UK; zchenuk{at}


A 39-year-old Zimbabwean man presented with a 1 week history of fever, general malaise and acute-onset chest pain. He had a urethral stricture, which had been managed with an indwelling supra-pubic catheter. The electrocardiography on admission showed inferior ST-T segments elevation. His chest pain and electrocardiography changes resolved subsequent to thrombolysis, and he remained haemodynamically stable. The 12-h troponin I was increased at 10.5 μg/l (NR <0.04 μg/l). Echocardiography confirmed severe mitral regurgitation and a flail anterior mitral valve leaflet with an independently oscillating mobile vegetation. Enterococci faecalis were grown on blood cultures. A diagnosis of enterococci infective endocarditis with concomitant acute myocardial infarction due to possible septic emboli was made. Despite the successful outcome from thrombolysis in the setting of acute myocardial infarction with infective endocarditis, the case highlights the current lack of definitive data on the optimal acute management of such an unusual clinical scenario. Although there is serious concern that thrombolytic treatment for myocardial infarction in the setting of infective endocarditis may be associated with higher risk of cerebral haemorrhage, there is little documented evidence supporting the safety of primary percutaneous coronary intervention with these patients.

  • AMI, acute myocardial infarction
  • ECG, electrocardiography
  • PCI, percutaneous coronary intervention

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  • Informed consent was obtained from the patient for publication of his details in this paper.