A 40-year-old female asked:
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I am in hospital w/a "gram+ bacillus" sepsis..6/8 blood culture bottles are +. Caused by a dirty cut then severe cellulitis. I have heart vegetation from it they say. Also on CellCept. Can you educate me on whats the significance of heart vegetation?

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Dr. Mark Safford
34 years experience in Critical Care
Endocarditis. : What you describe is endocarditis. The vegetations harbor the bacteria that are identified when blood cultures are obtained. Sepsis, heart failure as well as "septic emboli" are potential complications 6 weeks of IV antibiotics followed by repeat blood cultures and follow up echocardiogram to insure treatment was adequate.
Answered on Apr 16, 2017
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