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What streptococcus causes infective endocarditis?

What streptococcus causes infective endocarditis?

Endocarditis: It is estimated that about 2/3 of the cases of endocarditis are caused by streptococcal bacteria. Streptococcal bacteria causing endocarditis include streptococcus viridans as well as groups a, c, and g streptococcal bacteria. ...Read more

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Streptococcus (Definition)

Is a group of bacteria that grown in long chains of cocci (round cells). They are classified in part by whether they hemolyze sheep red blood cells completely, partial or not at all. The beta (complete) hemolysis ones are further classified by their capsules and the prototype is group a streptococci, that cause strep throat and rheumatic fever. The Alpha (partial) ...Read more


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Is streptococcus viridans found in throat harmful or beneficial?

Is streptococcus viridans found in throat harmful or beneficial?

Let me explain: The organisms are most abundant in the mouth, and one member of the group, s. Mutans, is the etiologic agent of dental caries in most cases and populations. Others may be involved in other mouth or gingival infections. If they are introduced into the bloodstream, they have the potential of causing endocarditis, particularly in individuals with damaged heart valves. ...Read more

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My throat culture & sensitivity c/s report says "organism: moderate growth streptococcus viridans group" is this normal, i've white coating on tongue?

My throat culture & sensitivity c/s report says "organism: moderate growth streptococcus viridans group" is this normal, i've white coating on tongue?

Possible fungal...: Overgrowth. If you have cultures, you are probably already on an antibiotic for something. S. Viridens is a common oral bacteria that we all have on some level. Yours may be higher than normal but the white on your tongue could be candidiasis from a lack of "regular" bacteria that keep it down. Try 1/2 hydrogen peroxide/ 1/2 or mouthwash, brush your tongue, if no luck see a dr. May need nystatin. ...Read more

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What is a streptococcus viridans urinary tract infection?

What is a streptococcus viridans urinary tract infection?

UTI: This would be a very unusual cause of UTI and would question the diagnosis and the manner in which the urine culture was obtained. It can conceivably happen but would be quite uncommon. ...Read more

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Is streptococcus viridans a type of urinary tract infection?

Strep viridans: This is the name of a group of bacteria comprising different species of streptococci, some of which may produce uti, but this is not a very common cause of UTI and would question the validity of the diagnosis depending upon the manner in which the urine specimen for culture was obtained. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has streptococcus viridans in his urine. My doctor said it's not necessary to treat? Why not? Can this be harmful to him? And cause uti?

My boyfriend has streptococcus viridans in his urine. My doctor said it's not necessary to treat? Why not? Can this be harmful to him? And cause uti?

S. viridans: Is most likely from contamination of the urine specimen and not the cause of infection. That is why your doctor is not treating it. ...Read more

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I have streptococcus viridans in my mouth. I'm pregnant and due any day now. Can i kiss my baby when he's born with this bacteria in my mouth?

I have streptococcus viridans in my mouth. I'm pregnant and due any day now. Can i kiss my baby when he's born with this bacteria in my mouth?

No problem: Strep viridans is considered a "commensal organism" which means it is a normal colonizer in our mouths. It is not a pathogen in it's normal location, and it only becomes a problem when people who have heart valve problems have dental work. Kiss your baby to your heart's content! and congratulations :). ...Read more

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