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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
Critical Care
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mark Safford
Dr. Mark Safford
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Dr. Elden Rand
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Endocarditis

Bacteria in the blood can attach to the heart valves, which causes a vegetation.
The condition is called endocarditis. Endocarditis can result in sustained bacteria presence in the blood as well as the bacteria can erode the valve or valve structures, making the valve leak. If significant valve leakiness (regurgitation) occurs, it may have to be surgically replaced.

In brief: Endocarditis

Bacteria in the blood can attach to the heart valves, which causes a vegetation.
The condition is called endocarditis. Endocarditis can result in sustained bacteria presence in the blood as well as the bacteria can erode the valve or valve structures, making the valve leak. If significant valve leakiness (regurgitation) occurs, it may have to be surgically replaced.
Dr. Elden Rand
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology

In brief: Bacteria on valve

Bacterial growth on heart valve.
INSIST that your Drs explain everything until you understand every detail. Have a family member or friend with you and ask that person to help ask the right questions. Prepare a list to help you remember every single question. You have serious issues and you need a long session with your Dr. Do not let any question pass until you have an answer you understand.

In brief: Bacteria on valve

Bacterial growth on heart valve.
INSIST that your Drs explain everything until you understand every detail. Have a family member or friend with you and ask that person to help ask the right questions. Prepare a list to help you remember every single question. You have serious issues and you need a long session with your Dr. Do not let any question pass until you have an answer you understand.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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